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Bloxham, William Dunnington

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Born: 1835 AD
Died: 1911 AD, at 75 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Politician

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1835 - William Dunnington Bloxham was born on the 9th of July in Leon County, Florida.

1855 - He graduated from William and Mary College, earning a law degree, but never practicing because of poor health.

1860 - Bloxham entered politics as a member of the Florida House of Representatives.

1862 - He organized and commanded a Leon County infantry company, but never saw active duty in the Civil War.

1870 - Returning to his political career, Bloxham was elected, to serve as Florida' lieutenant governor; however, he was denied the office when the election was ruled invalid by the state canvassing board.

1876 - He served as a member of the Democratic Executive Committee, and was appointed secretary of state.

1880 - He won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and was elected Governor of Florida.

       - During his first term, the sale of the Disston Land Purchase was both contentious and beneficial to the state.

       - Four million acres in the Everglades sold for $1 million, helping to reestablish the state's economy and launching a railroad-building boom.

1881-1885 - Served as Governor of Florida.

1885 - After finishing his first term, he served as U.S. surveyor-general for Florida.

1890 - He was the state comptroller.

1896 - Bloxham won reelection to the governor's office.

1897-1901 - Once again he became the Governor of Florida.

       - During his second administration, a direct primary law was enacted, the state railroad commission was reinstated with additional authority, and the state provided aid to the federal government during the Spanish-American War.

1911 - He died on 15th of March in Tallahassee, Florida.

 

 

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