John H. Land
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John Horting Land (November 5, 1920 – November 22, 2014) was Mayor of Apopka, Florida for a total of 61 years, from 1950 to 1968 and again from 1971 to 2014. He was the longest-serving mayor in the history of Florida and one of the longest-serving mayors in the United States. After having served continuously since 1971, Land was defeated in a bid for re-election by Joe Kilsheimer on April 8, 2014.
He was born in Plant City in 1920,〔()〕 and he moved to Apopka at a very young age.
He attended the University of Florida until the war called him in April 1942.〔Personal interviews and http://www.loomisfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/John-Land-2/#!/Obituary〕 He served in the United States Army during World War II and was present at the liberation of Dachau concentration camp in Germany in 1945. After his unit was returned home at the end of the war, he remained in Europe to work the train transportation area during the Nuremberg Trials. He received an honorary BFA degree dated 1942 from the School of Forest Resources and Conservations in the college of Agriculture from University of Florida upon his return.〔University of Florida Alumni Directory 1994, Harris Pub., p. 630.〕 After the war he had a career in crate manufacturing (or wire-bound box) and bulk oil plant.〔http://www.loomisfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/John-Land-2/#!/Obituary〕
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