White Springs, Florida , United States
|| May 21, 1890
|| February 03, 1956
Jan 04, 2015 02:56am
|Info||James Mark Wilcox (May 21, 1890 - February 3, 1956) was a U.S. Representative from Florida. |
Born in Willacoochee, Georgia, Wilcox attended the public schools and Emory College, Atlanta, Georgia. He was graduated from the law department of Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, in 1910. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Hazlehurst, Georgia. He served as solicitor of Jeff Davis County, Georgia from 1911 to 1918. He moved to Brunswick, Georgia, in 1919 and to West Palm Beach, Florida, in 1925, continuing the practice of law. City attorney of West Palm Beach 1928-1933. He was a member of the taxation committee of President Hoover's Conference on Home Ownership in 1931. Authored HR Bill 1352 in January 1937 which recommended separating the Air Corps from the Army and making it an independent branch of the U.S Armed Forces. It is now known as the United States Air Force.
Wilcox was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, and Seventy-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1939). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1938, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator. He resumed the practice of law in Miami, Florida. Attorney general for the Dade County Port Authority from 1945 until his death at his farm in White Springs, Florida, February 3, 1956. He was interred in Woodlawn Park Cemetery, Miami, Florida.
He is the namesake of Miami International Airport; its official name is Wilcox Field.