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Jennings was one of the first to propose that the Everglades be preserved as a park. The wife of drainage proponent Governor William Jennings, she was referred to by many as the most powerful woman in Florida during the early 20th Century.
A major force in the creation of the Florida Park Service and Florida Forest Service, she led the successful campaign to create the Everglades National Park. Activists such as Marjorie Stoneman Douglas followed her lead.
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Established in 1916, the Royal Palm Lodge was one of the first parks in the Everglades, designed to meet the public's curiosity about the watery ecosystem. Developed by the Florida Federated Women's Clubs, it later became the visitor center of the Everglades National Park.
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With Krug is Florida governor Millard Caldwell.
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Pictured from left to right: Admiral Leahy, President Truman, Secretary of the Interior J.A. Krug, Senator Claude Pepper, May Mann Jennings, and August Burghard.
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Even after the creation of the national park - which protected only portions of the ecosystem, activists such as Douglas continued to work to preserve and protect the Everglades from further development.