Florida: State Governors: 1845-1865

Governor of the State of Florida [1]
25 Jun 1845 - 1 Oct 1849 William Dunn Moseley
1 Oct 1849 - 3 Oct 1853 Thomas Brown [2]
3 Oct 1853 - 5 Oct 1857 James Emilius Broome
5 Oct 1857 - 7 Oct 1861 Madison Starke Perry
7 Oct 1861 - 1 Apr 1865 John Milton
Acting Governor of Florida
1 Apr 1865 - 19 May 1865 Abraham Kurkindolle Allison [3]

[1] Also in official use: Governor of Florida.
[2] The election of Brown was proclaimed 1 Dec 1848 at the joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives sitting as General Assembly. His interpretation of the articles of the Constitution of the State of Florida concerning the commencement of gubernatorial term resulted in a dispute with Governor Moseley. Brown contended that under the Constitution, Moseley's term should have ended 1 Oct 1848, since it should be dated from 1 Oct 1844. Moseley insisted that his term should be dated from 1 Oct 1845 and would not expire before 1 Oct 1849. The General Assembly did not make any resolution with regard to the date of transfer of the office of Governor, but agreed to administer an oath of office to Brown and he was sworn in 13 Jan 1849. Moseley refused to give up his authority and continued in office to 1 Oct 1849 when Brown ultimately succeeded him.
[3] The end of his term is dated by the final transaction of the government recorded in the Governor's letterbook (19 May 1865); Tallahassee, the seat of government, was occupied by the troops of the United States 20 May 1865.
Last updated on: 19 Jan 2014 12:17:37