St. Marks Lighthouse

Keepers of the St. Marks Light

"A keeper who allows the light to go out is dismissed without regard to excuse."

Jan 18, 1830 - before 1839Samuel Crosby, first Keeper of the Light
? 1839 - Mar 1839Benjamin Metcalf, Keeper
Jul 29, 1840 - 1843John P. Hungerford, Keeper
Mar 4, 1844 - Apr 1850Needham Dudley, Keeper
Apr 27, 1850 - after 1853Mrs. Ann Dudley, Keeper
Aug 28, 1854 - Sep 20, 1859John J. Allen, Keeper
Sep 20, 1859 - Oct 27, 1859R. H. Alexander, Keeper
Oct 27, 1859 - Aug 20, 1860William Blythe, Keeper
Aug 28, 1860 - Jan 10, 1861 and
Apr 18, 1867 - Dec 10, 1879David M. Kennedy, Keeper
ep 7, 1867 - May 12, 1875James M. Kennedy, Asst. Keeper
Oct 1872 - Oct 1876R. R. Fletcher, Asst. Keeper
May 12, 1875 - 1888Samuel Forbes, Asst. Keeper
Jan 29, 1880 - May 12, 1880Mark Richardson, Keeper
Jun 22, 1880 - Jul 23, 1881James H. Breen, Keeper
Nov 26, 1880 - Oct 1, 1882Isaac Dent, Asst. Keeper
Feb 1, 1881 - May 1, 1892George H. Gibson, Keeper
Apr 14, 1892 - Aug 26, 1904Charles Fine, Keeper
Sep 14, 1904 - 1916Mrs. Sarah J. Fine, Keeper
March 1, 1916Jesse H. Bishop, Keeper
Apr 1,1916 - Apr. 1918U. M. Gunn, Keeper
May 1,1918 - 1949J. Y. Gresham, Keeper; joined USCG 1939

U. S. Coast Guard Officers in Charge

1949 - 1951Gresham, Alton; J. Y. Gresham’s son
1952 - 1953Luedke, Donald D
1953 - 1955Hogenmiller, Robert C.
1955 - 1957Long, Melvin
1957 - 1958Kudrick, Albert
1958 - 1960King, Gerald
? - 1960Dixon, James *

* Last Coast Guard family left when the light was automated in 1960.

"The Board holds that it is the duty of every light-keeper to stand by his light as long as the light-house stands. For him to desert it when it is in danger is as cowardly as for a soldier to leave his guns on the advance of an enemy. His failure to keep his light burning, especially in time of danger, may cause the wreck of vessels looking for it and result in the loss of much property and many lives."

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