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Fort Myers

Lee County

Year Founded: 1886


The name memorialized by this famous Florida city is that of General Abraham Charles Myers, a distinguished officer in the United States Army. It was given to the fort by General David E. Twiggs, federal commander in the Seminole Wars, who later became the father-in-law of Myers. The city was developed in the later years of the 19th Century, chiefly through the initiative of Stafford C. Cleveland, a New York newspaperman. The Town of East Fort Myers was annexed on December 29, 1925. The present charter was adopted on May 14, 1957. Situated on the south bank of the Caloosahatchee River, Fort Myers is the county seat.

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