First Governor of the State of Florida, William Dunn Mosley
N 29° 38.594 W 081° 38.466
17R E 437946 N 3279425
Quick Description: A memorial to the first Governor of The State of Florida. William Dunn Mosley. William Dunn Moseley (February 1, 1795 — January 4, 1863) was an American politician. William Dunn Moseley (February 1, 1795 — January 4, 1863) was an American politician
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 11/15/2007 4:50:15 PM
Waymark Code: WM2KDX
In 1840, Moseley was elected to the territorial House of Representatives. In 1844, he won a seat in the territorial Senate. On March 3, 1845, Florida became the twenty-seventh state of the Union. Later that year, in the first statewide election, Moseley won the election for governor. He beat the well-known former governor Richard Keith Call, becoming the first governor of the state of Florida.
Moseley was sworn in on June 25, 1845. During his term, the new state government was established, with the state Capitol building being completed during his first year in office. Moseley oversaw the state's role in the Mexican-American War, and resolved conflicts between white settlers and Seminole Indians. He also encouraged agriculture, supporting new citrus, avocado, tobacco, and cotton industries. During his administration, the federal government built Fort Jefferson on one of the coral keys off the southern coast of his state and Fort Clinch on Amelia Island near modern day Fernandina Beach, Florida.
He was a strong supporter of states' rights and favored the establishment of state-funded public schools.
Constitutionally limited to a single term, Moseley returned to his plantation after ending his term on October 1, 1849. Two years later, he settled in the town of Palatka in Putnam County, where he operated a citrus grove. Moseley died on January 4, 1863, and was buried at the West View Cemetery in Palatka.
FIRST - Classification Variable: Person or Group
Date of FIRST: 06/25/1845
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