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Tampa Streets Honor Obscure Presidents


Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Kennedy. Americans named a state, a state capital, airports, counties and boulevards after them. But by an accident of historic timing, downtown Tampa’s streets are named after some of the least-known U.S. presidents.

Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Zack and Pierce streets were named for our ninth, tenth, 11th, 12th and 14th presidents – one-term and short-time presidents who held office between better-known Andrew Jackson and Abe Lincoln. A surveyor who mapped the streets named them in 1847.

It begs the question: Why are none named after our 13th president, the legendary Millard Fillmore?

Mike Brassfield, The Tampa Bay 100

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