Florida is one fascinating state. This state is rich in history, culture, and has some of the most visited beaches in the world. Apopka is one of the cities in this great state. It is the capital city of Orange County and part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area. The word Apopka is a native word that means the Potato Eating Place. For this reason, the people living here refer to it as the Indoor Foliage Capital of the World. If the meaning and reference of this city’s name are not interesting enough, then the fact that Apopka FL is known for having the longest serving mayor in the United States will blow your mind away.
As mentioned above, Apopka is known for having the longest serving mayor in the United States. We are talking about the Late John Horting Land. He served this city for a total of 61 years! He served as mayor twice. The first time was for 18 years, from the year 1950 to 1968, and the second time from 1971 to 2014. After serving for that long, you would expect that J. H. Land would have had enough of the ups and downs of politics, but no, he did not. In fact, he ran again for reelection in the April 2014 elections, where he was defeated by Joe Kilsheimer. He passed away at the age of 94 years old seven months later due to a massive stroke on November 22, 2014.
The significant time he served as mayor are enough for him to be recorded in the Guinness Book of World records. He served for so long that the mayors who follow him in terms of the number of years in office are A. J. Lowell whose term ended in 1920 after serving for ten years, Joseph D. Mitchill from 1896 to 1905 for seven years, and Leslie P. Waite from 1941 to 1946 for six years.
Apart from serving as mayor of Apopka FL, Land had served in the U. S. Army in the Second World War, and he took part in the liberation of Dachau concentration camp in 1945 in Germany. He also served as president of the Rotary Club of Apopka.