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Florida: Governors

Governors of Florida, 1845-2019 (May be incomplete!)
William D. Moseley 1845-49 Thomas Brown 1849-53 James E. Broome 1853-57 Madison S. Perry 1857-61 John Milton 1861-65 Abraham K. Allison 1865 William Marvin 1865 David S. Walker 1865-68 Harrison Reed 1868-73 Ossian B. Hart 1873-74 Marcellus L. Stearns 1874-77 George F. Drew 1877-81 William D. Bloxham 1881-85 Edward A. Perry 1885-89 Francis P. Fleming 1889-93 Henry L. Mitchell 1893-97 William D. Bloxham 1897-1901 W. S. Jennings 1901-05 Napoleon B. Broward 1905-09 Albert W. Gilchrist 1909-13 Park Trammell 1913-17 Sidney J. Catts 1917-21 Cary A. Hardee 1921-25 John W. Martin 1925-29 Doyle E. Carlton 1929-33 David Sholtz 1933-37 Fred P. Cone 1937-41 Spessard L. Holland 1941-45 Millard F. Caldwell, Jr. 1945-49 Fuller Warren 1949-53 Daniel Thomas McCarty 1953 Charley Eugene Johns 1953-55 LeRoy Collins 1955-61 C. Farris Bryant 1961-65 Haydon Burns 1965-67 Claude R. Kirk, Jr. 1967-71 Reubin Askew 1971-79 Bob Graham 1979-87 J. Wayne Mixson 1987 Bob Martinez 1987-91 Lawton Chiles 1991-98 Buddy Mackay, Jr. 1998-99 Jeb Bush 1999-2007 Charlie Crist 2007-11 Rick Scott 2011-19 Ron DeSantis 2019-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1845 Jul 15: William D. Moseley (Dem), elected; Richard K. Call (Whig), defeated.
  • 1848: Thomas Brown (Whig), elected; William Bailey (Dem), defeated.
  • 1852: James E. Broome (Dem), elected; George T. Ward (Whig), defeated.
  • 1856: Madison S. Perry (Dem), elected; David S. Walker (American), defeated.
  • 1860: John Milton (Dem), elected; Edward Hopkins (Constitutional Union), defeated.
  • 1865: David S. Walker (Conservative Democrat), elected unopposed.
  • 1865 Apr 1: John Milton, died in office.
  • 1868: Harrison Reed (Rep), elected; George W. Scott (Dem), defeated; Samuel Walker (Radical Republican), defeated.
  • 1872: Ossian B. Hart (Rep), elected; William D. Bloxham (Dem), defeated.
  • 1874 Mar 18: Ossian B. Hart, died in office.
  • 1876: George F. Drew (Dem), elected; Marcellus L. Stearns (Rep), defeated.
  • 1880: William D. Bloxham (Dem), elected; Simon Barclay Conover (Rep), defeated.
  • 1896: George W. Allen (Rep), defeated.
  • 1900: William H. Milton, defeated.
  • 1912: William H. Milton (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1912 Nov 5: Park Trammell (Dem), elected; Thomas W. Cox (Socialist), defeated; W. R. O'Neal (Rep), defeated; William C. Hodges (Progressive), defeated; J. W. Bingham (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1916 Nov 7: Sidney J. Catts (Prohibition), elected; William Y. Knott (Dem), defeated; George W. Allen (Rep), defeated; C. C. Allen (Socialist), defeated; Noel A. Mitchell, defeated.
  • 1920 Nov 2: Cary A. Hardee (Dem), elected; George E. Gay (Rep), defeated; F. C. Whitaker (Socialist), defeated; W. L. Van Duzer (White Republican), defeated.
  • 1924: Sidney J. Catts (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1924 Nov 4: John W. Martin (Dem), elected; W. R. O'Neal (Rep), defeated.
  • 1928: John S. Taylor (Dem), defeated in primary; Sidney J. Catts (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1928 Nov 6: Doyle E. Carlton (Dem), elected; W. J. Howey (Rep), defeated.
  • 1932: John W. Martin (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1932 Nov 8: David Sholtz (Dem), elected; W. J. Howey (Rep), defeated.
  • 1936 Nov 3: Fred P. Cone (Dem), elected; E. E. Callaway (Rep), defeated.
  • 1940 Nov 5: Spessard L. Holland (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1944: R. A. 'Lex' Green (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1944 Nov 7: Millard F. Caldwell, Jr. (Dem), elected; Bert L. Acker (Rep), defeated.
  • 1948: Daniel Thomas McCarty (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1948 Nov 2: Fuller Warren (Dem), elected; Bert L. Acker (Rep), defeated.
  • 1952: Brailey Odham (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1952 Nov 4: Daniel Thomas McCarty (Dem), elected; Harry S. Swan (Rep), defeated.
  • 1953 Sep 28: Daniel Thomas McCarty, died in office.
  • 1954: Brailey Odham (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1954: Charley Eugene Johns, defeated.
  • 1970: Louis A. Bafalis (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1970 Sep 8: Earl Faircloth (Dem), advanced to runoff.
  • 1970 Sep 29: Earl Faircloth (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1974 Sep 10: Tom Adams (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1978 Sep 12: Robert L. Shevin (Dem), advanced to runoff; Bob Graham (Dem), advanced to runoff; Hans Tanzler (Dem), defeated in primary; J. H. 'Jim' Williams (Dem), defeated in primary; Bruce A. Smathers (Dem), defeated in primary; Claude R. Kirk, Jr. (Dem), defeated in primary; Leroy Eden (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1978 Sep 12: Jack Eckerd (Rep), nominated; Louis Frey, Jr. (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1978 Oct 5: Bob Graham (Dem), nominated; Robert L. Shevin (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1978 Nov 7: Bob Graham (Dem), elected; Jack Eckerd (Rep), defeated.
  • 1982: Louis A. Bafalis (Rep), defeated.
  • 1986: Harry Johnston (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1986: Tom Gallagher (Rep), defeated.
  • 1990: Bill Nelson (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1990 Nov 6: Lawton Chiles (Dem), elected; Bob Martinez (Rep), defeated.
  • 1994: Ander Crenshaw (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1994 Nov 8: Jeb Bush (Rep), defeated; Lawton Chiles (Dem), elected.
  • 1998 Nov 3: Jeb Bush (Rep), elected; Buddy Mackay, Jr. (Dem), defeated.
  • 1998 Dec 12: Lawton Chiles, died in office.
  • 2002: Janet Reno (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2002: Jeb Bush (Rep), elected.
  • 2006: Jim Davis (Dem), defeated.
  • 2006 Nov 7: Omari Musa (Socialist Workers), defeated.
  • 2010 Nov 2: Josue Larose, defeated.
  • 2018: Andrew D. Gillum (Dem), defeated.
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