Frederick C. Cubberly
Lawyer, Historian and Author

Hon. Fred C. Cubberly, one of the best know attorneys Florida has seen and noted historian and author,  was born October 28, 1869 at Chillicothie, Missouri , to the parents of George and Sarah (Frazier) Cubberly. The family moved to Alachua County, settling at Archer in 1889.

Fred Cubberly, the child, was interested in law and a short time before his father died, began his studies in that pursuit. He was admitted to the bar in 1898. He began his chosen profession at Bronson, Levy County, Florida where he was appointed collector of customs at Port Inglis and Cedar Key in 1902, while also gaining recognition as a prominent lawyer. In 1907, while serving as a United States District Attorney with headquarters at Cedar Key, he began the idea of moving to Gainesville and in 1909 after resigning his position as customs collector, finally settled there.  He was appointed judge of a Municipal Court in 1914. Between the years of 1917 and 1921 he was involved in Bankruptcy law. While serving as the U. S. Commissioner for the Northern District of Florida, Mr. Cubberly successfully gathered convicting evidence in the first Supreme Court case of peonage, (Clyatt v. United States).

He became deeply interested in Florida history and wrote several articles, one of which was his own account of the Dade Massacre. It was published as a national document by congress in 1921. He served on the Dade Memorial Park Commission and was instrumental in having the battleground site memorialized and dedicated as a park on July 4, 1922. He was serving as president of the Florida Historical Society at the time of his death.

Mr. Cubberly, who had served as the United States Attorney for the northern district of Florida under the last five republican administrations, suffered a stroke at his home in Gainesville and died August 11, 1932. He is buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery at  Archer, FL. President Hoover appointed George P. Wentworth, of Pensacola, to fill the vacancy left by his sudden death.

Along the way, Mr. Cubberly married Mary Etta Hancock on October 20, 1903. They had three daughters; Helen, Hazel and Myrtle. Mary Etta died March 19, 1950 and is buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Author: Linda Flowers


Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida, The Peonage Files of the U. S. Dept of Justice, 1901-1945, Tampa Morning Tribune, 
Gainesville Sun, Ocala Evening Star

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