Portrait of Orange County sheriff David W. Mizell

Portrait of Orange County sheriff David W. Mizell

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  • Portrait of Orange County sheriff David W. Mizell

Image Number

  • PR20320


  • Between 1868 and 1870

Series Title

General Note

  • Born on November 12, 1833 at "Alligator Settlement" (near Lake City). Married Angeline Augusta May on December 21, 1854 in Newnansville, Florida. Moved to Orange County with his family in 1858. Fought in the Third Seminole War. On May 17, 1862 he joined Jonathan C. Stewart's Company G, 8th FL Volunteers of the Confederate Army. Fought in Virginia and at Savannah reaching the rank of first corporal before receiving a medical discharge on January 26, 1863 for cholera (or pneumonia). Nursed back to health by his wife in Key West and returned to Orange County after the Civil War. Appointed as the 8th sheriff of Orange County by Governor Harrison Reed on September 8, 1868. He was shot and killed from ambush on February 21, 1870 while on his way to arrest cattleman Moses E. Barber for refusing to pay a tax on cattle. The name of David Mizell is inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. (East Wall, Panel 44, Line 4).

Title of Work

  • Forgotten Heroes: Police Officers Killed in Early Florida 1840-1925

Additional Creator

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 10 x 8 in.

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