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Tennessean loved his visits

© St. Petersburg Times
published February 15, 2002

For a tourist, Alfred Reuben Swann was a busy man. Residents and tourists alike who travel Swann Avenue might consider his accomplishments.

Not content to loll away winters in the Florida sun, the Tennessee plantation owner started a business and was a pioneer in residential development. He named his enclave of homes bordering Bayshore Boulevard "Suburb Beautiful," but the name didn't stick. (Long after Swann left, "New Suburb Beautiful" was developed.)

Swann started his sojourns to Tampa in 1904 and they lasted for 20 years. He died in Tennessee in 1926. He was 82.

Swann Avenue was named in honor of the courtly gentleman from the South, who always had plans for his adopted hometown.

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