New JHS President is longtime history advocate
Newly elected Jacksonville Historical Society President Edward M. Booth Jr., a longtime local history advocate, and a former JHS Vice-President began his term on May 28, 2015.
Previously, he lead JHS efforts to save local landmarks through an endangered structures program that garnered considerable media attention. Ed has presented at the JHS Speaker Series on the compelling local story associated with Charles Lindberg’s flight across the Atlantic. He’s also helped rescue many of the area’s aviation documents. During his term, he hopes to encourage individuals to look for rare Jacksonville documents and items “in their attics and closets.” He points to the Lindberg visit as an example and believes there are more photos and film footage that exist.
As a young man, Ed worked with Jacksonville Historical Society Past-President John Ingle in the Laurie Yonge Aviation Society. When the group’s membership dwindled, Ed helped Mr. Ingle save many of the area’s early aviation records and images, now added to Ingle’s aviation collections at the JHS Archives.
Ed’s passion for history and aviation extend to his profession. A partner at the law firm Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., Ed is Board Certified in Aviation Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization. He’s served as a member of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority Board of Directors since 2013.
Ed has served as chairman of The Florida Bar Aviation Law Certification Committee, The Florida Bar Aviation Law Committee, and The Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Fourth Judicial Circuit. He was the 2007-8 President of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, a 1,200 member international bar association founded in 1959.
Ed frequently speaks at seminars around the country on the management of complex litigation. An adjunct faculty member at Jacksonville University at the Davis College of Business, he lectures on aviation related topics, and he is also a frequent guest commentator of Jacksonville’s WJXT Channel 4 on aviation and air safety. Ed has appeared on the newsmagazine Inside Edition and the Chinese network SZMG TV on recent air disasters.
He is a member of The Florida Bar, the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and is admitted to practice in numerous federal courts. Ed is a 28-year member of the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville, the group that generously created the Gingerbread Extravaganza prototype, now the Jacksonville Historical Society’s largest annual fundraiser. He has served as an advisor to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Episcopal Diocese of Florida.