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Legislative legend, Mallory Horne dies

Mallory Horne memorial The Florida Senate stood for a moment of silence this morning to recognize former Senate President and House Speaker Mallory Horne, 84, who died this morning in Tallahassee. The Senate s

"We were very fortunate to have Sen. Horne with us,'' Senate President Jeff Atwater said "The state is certainly a better place for that man's services.''

Horne was the only post-Reconstruction person to serve as both speaker of the House and president of the Senate and he is credited with having kept the state capital in Tallahassee when South Florida legislators were pushing to relocated it to Orlando.

Horne  attended the University of Florida and was president of the senior class in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II,

 Horne was honored in the Senate two weeks ago, on the eve of his birthday, and the Senate renamed a room in his honor. Several former lawmakers, family and friends joined in the recognition on the Senate floor.

"He was a man about town. He loved to party. There wasn't an adult beverage he didn't enjoy,'' said Sen. Jim King, a former president himself and Jacksonville Republican, at the time. "I have done my best to follow in those footsteps. Throughout his political life he never lost sight of the fact he was here to serve."