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Florida’s Third Governor; the Veto Governor

Florida’s Third Governor; the Veto Governor

Governor James E. Broome Sr. James Emilius Broome was born on December 15, 1808, to John and Janet Broome in Hamburg, Aiken County, South Carolina. He moved to Florida in 1837 where he engaged in the mercantile business until 1841 when he retired. Broome was married...

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Thomas Brown; Florida’s Second Governor

Thomas Brown; Florida’s Second Governor

Thomas Brown, born October 24, 1785, in Westmoreland County, Virginia to William and Margaret Brown. Westmoreland County was also the home to both George Washington and James Monroe.  During the War of 1812, Brown was an aid to General John P. Hungerford. After he...

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Hillman Bridge and Governor George F. Drew

Hillman Bridge and Governor George F. Drew

Located in the once-thriving small sawmill town of Ellaville, Florida, sits the Hillman Bridge. The town was also known for a manufacturing center which along, with the sawmill, were own by George Franklin Drew, Florida’s twelfth governor from January 2, 1877, to...

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