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Mr. Cicero Addison Pound, the man sitting on the left in this 1913 photograph, was a very influential person in Gainesville for many years, and the impact of his legacy has not diminished. He was born in Gainesville in 1889, and attended East Florida Seminary, the University of Florida, and a business college in Kentucky. He started as a $5-a-week clerk at Baird Hardware in 1908 and worked his way up the ladder to the position of vice-president. When Eberle Baird died in 1930, Mr. Pound became president of the company. His business sense was sound; it was said that even through the Depression, Baird Hardware was never in the red. Mr. Pound was influential in bringing the medical school and the VA hospital to Gainesville. He also donated the land on Northwest 13th Street for a new Gainesville High School campus. He died in 1972 at the age of 83.
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