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Albert W. Gilchrist

Albert W. GilchristAKA Albert Waller Gilchrist

Born: 15-Jan-1858
Birthplace: Greenwood, SC
Died: 15-May-1926
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Indian Spring Cemetery, Punta Gorda, FL

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Governor of Florida, 1909-13

Military service: US Army (3rd Volunteer Infantry, Spanish-American War, 1898-99, Capt.)

Attended for three years but did not graduate from West Point, though some sources incorrectly claim that he did. Gilchrist's gubernatorial campaign was highlighted by giving out thousands of postcards of monkeys, apparently enough to get him elected 20th Governor of Florida. Gilchrist never married, and after his death his considerable estate was largely given to charity, with some reserved to buy Halloween candy for children in Punta Gorda. Gilchrist County, a rural area near Gainesville, was named for him.

Father: William E. Gilchrist (d. 1860)
Mother: Rhoda Elizabeth Waller

    High School: Carolina Military Institute, Charlotte, NC
    University: US Military Academy, West Point (three years)

    Governor of Florida (1909-13)
    Florida State House of Representatives (1903-06)
    Florida State House of Representatives (1893-96)
    Freemasonry


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