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Bloxham, William Dunnington

Born: 1835 AD
Died: 1911 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Politician

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.