State of Florida
House of Representatives
Resolution No. 5
Introduced by Mr. Simpson of Jefferson.
WHEREAS, the Honorable R.A. Gray, a student of government for the past forty (40) odd years, author of FLORIDA'S GOVERNMENT, an officially adopted textbook in Florida, has taken great interest in the civic and governmental life of our great state, and
WHEREAS, Mr. Gray taught school for six (6) years, edited a newspaper, was a member of the Florida Legislature in 1911, was Assistant State Auditor, State Auditor, private secretary to Governor, private secretary to United States Senator, served in the office of State Comptroller ten (10) years, being promoted through several positions to assistant State Comptroller, and
WHEREAS, Honorable R.A. Gray was appointed Secretary of State April 12, 1930, elected to the unexpired term, and has served continuously as Secretary of State to date, and
WHEREAS, as Secretary of State Mr. R.A. Gray is the constitutional custodian of the Capitol and Grounds, and it is fitting and proper that such long and faithful public service should be recognized, NOW THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 1951 LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, THE SENATE CONCURRING:
That the lands between the State Capitol Building and the Caldwell Building in the City of Tallahassee be designated a State Park and so maintained by the State and that such park be named and henceforth be so recognized as the "R.A. Gary Park."
This is to certify that the foregoing resolution was adopted on the 16th day of April, 1951, and appears in the permanent Journal of the House of Representatives.
This is to certify that the foregoing resolution was adopted by the Senate on the 16th day of April, and appears in the permanent Journal of the Senate.
[Embossed seal with text: GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA]
Wallace E. Sturgis
President of Senate
Attest: Robt. W. Davis
State Archives of Florida: Collection M75-85, Box 05, Folder 3
April 16, 1951
R. A. Gray's (1882-1975) affiliation with the state government of Florida began in 1903 when he served as a clerk for the 1903 legislative session. In 1910, he represented Gadsden County in the legislature. Except for his sojourn in Washington as Senator Park Trammell's personal secretary and his army service in World War I, Gray lived and worked in Tallahassee for the rest of his life. He worked alternately for the State Treasury, the Comptroller's Office, and the Motor Vehicles Division. When Senator William Igou resigned as Secretary of State, Gray was appointed on August 12, 1930, to serve out his term. He then ran for the job himself and won, eventually serving his state in this capacity for 31 years. He resigned in 1961, but remained active in church and social groups. R.A. Gray died in 1975.