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Claude R. Kirk, Jr.

AKA Claude Roy Kirk, Jr.

Born: 7-Jan-1926
Birthplace: San Bernardino, CA
Died: 27-Sep-2011
Location of death: West Palm Beach, FL
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, South Florida VA National Cemetery, Lake Worth, FL

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican [1]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Governor of Florida, 1967-71

Military service: USMC (WWII and Korean War, Lt.)

First Republican Governor of Florida since Reconstruction. Opponent of civil rights legislation and school integration, and proponent of environmental conservation. Permitted Disney to build Walt Disney World theme park near Orlando. He was defeated in 1970 by Democrat Reubin Askew.


[1] Switched from Democratic Party to Republican, 1960. After his term as Governor, he occasionally ran for office variously as a Republican and a Democrat.

Father: Claude R. Kirk, Sr.
Mother: Sarah McLure
Wife: Sarah Stokes
Daughter: Katherine Gilmer Kirk ("Kitty", m.
Ander Crenshaw)
Wife: Erika Mattfeld (m. 18-Feb-1967)
Daughter: Claudia
Son: Erik Henry

    High School: Sidney Lanier High School, Montgomery, AL
    University: Emory University (transferred)
    University: BS, Duke University
    Law School: University of Alabama School of Law (1949)

    Governor of Florida (3-Jan-1967 to 5-Jan-1971)
    American Heritage Life Insurance Company Co-Founder (1956)


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