E. Alonzo Cordery was born in New Jersey in 1851. He moved to Florida about 1893. In 1895, he started raising a tobacco crop near Fort Meade using workers imported from Cuba to plant seed beds. He formed the Cuban Tobacco Growers Company. He died in 1920.

Some of the information about this Florida pioneer came from an article in the October 29, 1897, edition of the Miami Metropolis Newspaper. The title of the article was "Culture of Tobacco".

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