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.