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Doyle Elam Carlton

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Doyle Elam Carlton

Twenty-fifth governor
January 8, 1929 to January 3, 1933

Oil on canvas, C. Verne Klintworth, ca. 1950

Doyle E. Carlton was born in Wauchula on July 6, 1885*. He began practicing law in Tampa in 1912, and was elected a state senator in 1916.

Carlton served as governor during one of the most critical peacetime periods in Florida's history, facing four major disasters: the collapse of the state's land boom, a violent hurricane, the Mediterranean fruit fly infestation, and the national depression. He eliminated many state jobs as an economy measure.

After his term, Carlton returned to Tampa and his law practice. He was defeated in 1936 for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, and died in Tampa on October 25, 1972.

*Many sources list Governor Carlton's birthdate as 1887. However, there is credible evidence that 1885 is the correct date.