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Florida Governors

1957 photo of Governor LeRoy Collins enjoying inauguration parade with his family and General Lance 

With over 50 governors to date, Florida’s executive branch has had a rich history. 

This guide explores books, documents and more for each of Florida’s governors. 

Materials are generally available through interlibrary loan from the circulating collection of the State Library

Links within the bibliographies take you to information in our State Library catalog or to more information on external sites.

General resources 

1821 - 1845 

Cover photo of Florida Founder: William P. DuVal by James M. Denham

1845 - 1877 

1877 - 1914 

Signature of Governor William Dunnington Bloxham

1914 - 1945 

1912 photo of Spessard Holland, later to beocme Governor of Florida, in Emory University football uniform

1945 - 1968 

1965 photo of Governor Haydon Burns and his wife, Mildred, at his inauguration

1968 - present 

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