Alonzo Rollins was born in 1832 in Maine. He was a successful businessman throughout his life, purchasing a paper mill at the age of 32 and then in 1865 founding the A. W. Rollins Company, a Chicago based company that sold dyes to woolen mills. Within ten years, Rollins’ business was worth $100,000. He began spending his winters in Florida for health reasons and was one of the first visitors to purchase a home site on Lake Osceola in Winter Park. It was his generous gift of $50,000 that secured Winter Park as the winner for the future location of a college in central Florida. The College was named in his honor and officially incorporated on April 28, 1885.