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William D. Bloxham

William D. BloxhamAKA William Dunnington Bloxham

Born: 9-Jul-1835
Birthplace: Leon County, FL
Died: 15-Mar-1911
Location of death: Tallahassee, FL
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, St. John's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Tallahassee, FL

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Twice Governor of Florida

Military service: Confederate Army

Theoretically elected Lt. Governor of Florida in 1870, the election was stolen from him, and complex legal maneuvering prevented him from obtaining a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court until 1872, by which time it was a moot point. He ran for Governor that year, but was defeated by Ossian B. Hart. His second attempt, in 1880, was successful. During his administration, the state emerged into solvency by a monumental sale of four million acres of Everglades land to Hamilton Disston, for the price of $1M. It made Disston the largest landowner in the United States. 1885 saw Bloxham's appointment as US Ambassador to Bolivia, but he failed to report to his post. He become Comptroller of Florida and then was elected in 1896 to another term as Governor. He died 1911 in Tallahassee.

Father: William Bloxham
Mother: Martha Williams
Wife: Mary C. Davis (m. 28-Nov-1856, one son, one daughter)
Son: William
Daughter: Martha

    High School: Rappahannock Academy
    University: College of William and Mary (1855)

    Governor of Florida (1897-1901)
    Florida State Official Comptroller (1890-96)
    US Interior Department Surveyor General, Florida (1885-89)
    Governor of Florida (1881-85)
    Florida Secretary of State (1877-80)
    Florida State House of Representatives (1861-62)
    Florida Bar


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