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  • William Curry (millionaire)


    William Curry (September 11, 1821 – January 24, 1896) was a Key West businessman and Florida's first millionaire. Curry was born in 1821 on Green Turtle Key. He arrived in Key West from the Bahamas in 1837. Like many Conchs, he was a poor white Bahamian who immigrated to Key West for economic opportunity. When he arrived in Key West, it was the wealthiest town in the state. He started in Key West as a clerk in the office of Weever & Baldwin. After fighting in the Seminole War for several years, he returned to Key West and climbed the corporate ladder. Over the next forty years, he built an empire of merchandising, wrecking, and shipbuilding. Curry had eight children with his wife Euphemia, who he married in 1844. When he died in 1896, Curry’s estate was worth $1.5 million. He was Florida’s first self-made millionaire and the richest man in the state.

  • Tony Tarracino


    Tony Tarracino (August 10, 1916 – November 1, 2008), commonly called Captain Tony, was an American saloonkeeper, boat captain, politician, gambler, and storyteller in Key West, Florida. He was a well-known personality in the city and has been called "arguably the city's most beloved resident" and "the conscience of Key West."

  • Carl Tanzler


    thumbCarl Tanzler, or sometimes Count Carl von Cosel (February 8, 1877 – July 3, 1952), was a German-born radiology technologist at the Marine-Hospital Service in Key West, Florida. He developed an obsession for a young Cuban-American tuberculosis patient, Elena "Helen" Milagro de Hoyos (July 31, 1909 – October 25, 1931), that carried on well after the disease had caused her death. In 1933, almost two years after her death, Tanzler removed Hoyos' body from its tomb, and lived with the corpse at his home for seven years until its discovery by Hoyos' relatives and authorities in 1940.

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