Historic Markers Across Florida

I Pledge Allegiance

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Location: Curtis Hixon Convention Center, Tampa, FL.
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 54.184    W 082° 29.366
  27.90306666    -82.48943333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM21G8


Francis J. Bellamy, called "the most neglected patriot in American History," wrote the immortal words of the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag, while an editor on the magazine Youth Companion in 1892. He lived in Tampa and worked as advertising manager for Tampa Electric Co. in his sunset years. He died here August 28, 1931. The Tampa Tribune editorialized: "The Pledge of Allegiance of Francis Bellamy, will go on through centuries serving the nation he loved."

Erected by the Tampa Historical Society in cooperation with the Tampa Electric Company


City: Tampa, FL