Oliver John Semmes, Sr.
|Oliver John Semmes, Sr.|
|Born||August 7, 1876|
|Died||March 13, 1957|
|Spouse||Georgie F. Smith|
|Parents||Oliver John and Amante G. Semmes|
|Children||Oliver John Semmes, Jr.|
Amante S. Semmes
Emily S. Semmes
After graduating from Auburn University in 1897, Semmes moved to Pensacola and took a job supervising the construction of the streetcar system. Upon its completion he became superintendent of the system and remained in that capacity until 1909, at which time he left that position to start the Semmes Coal and Ice Company, which he operated for several years.
From 1911-1913 Semmes served as city alderman. He later served as city recorder from 1919 until he was appointed to the Escambia County School Board in 1921. With the exception of six years, he would serve on the School Board until his death in 1957, serving 16 total years as the board's chairman.