Elliot L. Maguire’s family moved from Indiana to Florida in 1924 to work in the turpentine farming business. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from the University of Florida in 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war, he returned to Green Cove Springs to raise a family and join the turpentine industry. Maguire is a past president of the Southern Forest Council and the Florida Forestry Association, and is a charter member of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. He organized and served as president of the St. Johns County Timber Growers Association and was the first in the nation to modify a Franklin skidder with a cabled forklift to carry pallets and a hydraulic claw for loading wood.
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The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made lasting contributions to agriculture in this state and to mentoring of our youth, who represent the future of agriculture in Florida.
The video profiles of the inductees from 1980 through 2017 were produced by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. More information is available at: http://www.ifas.ufl.edu
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