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Millard Fillmore Caldwell

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Millard Fillmore Caldwell

Twenty-ninth governor
January 2, 1945 to January 4, 1949

Oil on canvas, John Slavin, 1945

Millard F. Caldwell was born at the rural home of his parents in Beverly, Tenn., on February 6, 1897. He came to Florida in 1924 to practice law and later served in the Florida House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Caldwell won the governor's race in 1944. During his administration, financing for public schools was increased and state government grew larger.

Caldwell was appointed and then elected justice of the Florida Supreme Court in 1962. In 1967, he was elected chief justice. He retired in 1969 and died at his antebellum home in Tallahassee on October 23, 1984.