Governor of Florida

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Governor of Florida
Seal of Florida.svg
Official seal
Rick Scott official portrait.jpg
Incumbent
Rick Scott

since January 4, 2011
Residence Florida Governor's Mansion
Term length Four years, can succeed self once
Inaugural holder William Dunn Moseley
Formation 1845
Deputy Vacant
Salary $132,932 (2009)[1]
Website www.flgov.com

The head of the government of the state of Florida is called the Governor of Florida. He is not the head of all parts of the government, but is like the state's president, and is head of the executive branch of the state, which is where decisions about running the state are made. He can also give orders to the military people of the state.

The Governor of Florida is elected every four years.

History[change | change source]

The territory of Florida was transferred from Spain to the United States on July 10 1821. Before that, governors were assigned by the government of Spain.

No governors were elected between 1821 until 1845. During that period, there were five military governors: William Duval (April 17 1822 - April 24 1834), John Eaton (April 24 1834 - March 16 1836), Richard Call (March 16 1836 - December 2 1839), Robert R. Reid (December 2 1839 - March 19 1841), Richard Call (his 2nd time) (March 19 1841 - August 11 1844), and John Branch (August 11 1844 - June 25 1845).

List of Governors of Florida[change | change source]

Florida acceded to statehood on March 3 1845. These are the governors of the State of Florida:

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1 William D. Moseley June 25 1845 October 1 1849 Democratic
2 Thomas Brown October 1 1849 October 13 1853 Whig
3 James E. Broome October 3 1853 October 5 1857 Democratic
4 Madison S. Perry October 5 1857 October 7 1861 Democratic
5 John Milton October 7 1861 April 1 1865 Democratic
6 Abraham K. Allison April 1 1865 May 19 1865 Democratic
7 William Marvin July 13 1865 December 20 1865 none
8 David S. Walker December 20 1865 July 4 1868 Conservative
9 Harrison Reed July 4 1868 January 7 1873 Republican
10 Ossian B. Hart January 7 1873 March 18 1874 Republican
11 Marcellus L. Sterns March 18 1874 January 2 1877 Republican
12 George F. Drew January 2 1877 January 4 1881 Democratic
13 William D. Bloxham January 4 1881 January 7 1885 Democratic
14 Edward A. Perry January 7 1885 January 8 1889 Democratic
15 Francis P. Fleming January 8 1889 January 3 1893 Democratic
16 Henry L. Mitchell January 3 1893 January 5 1897 Democratic
17 William D. Bloxham January 5 1897 January 8 1901 Democratic
18 William S. Jennings January 8 1901 January 3 1905 Democratic
19 Napoleon B. Broward January 3 1905 January 5 1909 Democratic
20 Albert W. Gilchrist January 5 1909 January 7 1913 Democratic
21 Park Trammell January 7 1913 January 2 1917 Democratic
22 Sidney Johnston Catts January 2 1917 January 4 1921 Prohibition
23 Cary A. Hardee January 4 1921 January 6 1925 Democratic
24 John W. Martin January 6 1925 January 8 1929 Democratic
25 Doyle E. Carlton January 8 1929 January 3 1933 Democratic
26 David Sholtz January 4 1933 January 5 1937 Democratic
27 Fred P. Cone January 5 1937 January 7 1941 Democratic
28 Spessard Holland January 7 1941 January 2 1945 Democratic
29 Millard F. Caldwell January 2 1945 January 4 1949 Democratic
30 Fuller Warren January 4 1949 January 6 1953 Democratic
31 Daniel T. McCarty January 6 1953 September 28 1953 Democratic
32 Charley E. Johns September 28 1953 January 4 1955 Democratic
33 T. LeRoy Collins January 4 1955 January 3 1961 Democratic
34 C. Farris Bryant January 3 1961 January 5 1965 Democratic
35 W. Haydon Burns January 5 1965 January 3 1967 Democratic
36 Claude R. Kirk, Jr. January 3 1967 January 5 1971 Republican
37 Reubin O'D. Askew January 5 1971 January 2 1979 Democratic
38 D. Robert Graham January 2 1979 January 3 1987 Democratic
39 Wayne Mixson January 3 1987 January 6 1987 Democratic
40 Robert Martinez January 6 1987 January 8 1991 Republican
41 Lawton M. Chiles, Jr. January 8 1991 December 12 1998 Democratic
42 Kenneth H. "Buddy" MacKay, Jr. December 12 1998 January 5 1999 Democratic
43 John Ellis "Jeb" Bush January 5 1999 January 2 2007 Republican
44 Charles Joseph "Charlie" Crist, Jr. January 2 2007 January 4 2011 Republican
45 Rick Scott January 4 2011 Incumbent Republican

Living former governors[change | change source]

As of March 2014, Six former governors are alive. The most recent death of a former governor was that of Reubin Askew (1971–1979), on March 13, 2014.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Bob Graham 1979–1987 November 9, 1936 (1936-11-09) (age 77)
Wayne Mixson 1987 June 16, 1922 (1922-06-16) (age 92)
Bob Martinez 1987–1991 December 25, 1934 (1934-12-25) (age 79)
Buddy MacKay 1998–1999 March 22, 1933 (1933-03-22) (age 81)
Jeb Bush 1999–2007 February 11, 1953 (1953-02-11) (age 61)
Charlie Crist 2007–2011 July 24, 1956 (1956-07-24) (age 58)

References[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Governor of Florida at Wikimedia Commons