John B. Stetson, Jr.
from Library of Congress, 11-16-06
John B. Stetson, Jr.

via email from Elizabeth M. Clark, 10-27-06
      I do know that John B. Stetson, Jr. was a flyer in the US Army Air force from 1917-1920, and yes, was the son and heir of the ‘hat Stetsons,’ a Philadelphia family. He was the minister to Poland from 1925-1929. This is where my interest comes in. He was born 14 October 1884.
      I am working on a project about Stetson’s Polish connection. You can find a nice readable biography of him, as relates to his diplomatic status, in the book U.S. Diplomats in Europe, 1919-1941, edited by Kenneth Paul Jones. 1981.,
Dr. Elizabeth M. Clark
Associate Professor of History
West Texas A&M University
Canyon, TX

Stetson Signature
Capt. John B. Stetson, Jr.
while a World War I pilot in France

via email from "Frank", 1-1-08
      Re your interest in John B Stetson Jr. He was President of College Arms Hotel, which is still standing in DeLand, Florida. He was of course active in DeLand history. I have a stock certificate for the above hotel signed by him as President. 1931
Stetson iStock Certificate
Stetson in plane WW I

     If you search for "John B. Stetson, Jr." +aviation , using the Google search engine, (1-4-08), you will find about 9 links. Among the most helpful are the following.
Stetson Memorabilia
     This page offers a link to the photograph of a silver cup which was given to Capt. Stetson for his service in France in WW I. It is inscribed as follows

"Presented to Capt. John. B. Stetson, Jr. A.S. by his staff. Second Aviation Instruction Center, France, December 28, 1918."

     You can access the site by clicking on the title above.
Editor's Note: The original website has disappeared. This one comes from the archive.

Lazaretto - History
     You will find two paragraphs in this article which mention John B. Stetson, Jr. as being active in the early Pilot Training facilities just prior to World War I. You can access the site by clicking on the title above. You may want to use the "FIND" function on "Stetson" to locate the beginning of his story.

The Stetson Mansion
     I was alerted to this updated website by Joanelle Mulrain, 8-12-07, and I thank her for giving us the chance to enjoy a virtual visit to the home of John B. Stetson, Jr.'s father. I am sure you will be impressed by the beauty of the site and by the history which is revued. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

John B. Stetson died in 1952
From The Early Birds of Aviation
Roster of Members
January 1, 1993

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