Archive for State Government

Whigs in Walton County, 1845

. . . In Walton County there was, we learn, a large and harmonious meeting of the whigs on the 6th last. Judge McLeod presided and Daniel G. McLean, Esq., acted as Secretary. The nomination of Gen. Call as the candidate for governor of the state was responded to and adopted without a dissenting voice. At the same meeting, Col. Henry G. Ramsey was nominated as the candidate for the Senate for the District composed of the counties of Walton and Washington, and Alexander Turner, Esq., was nominated for the House. We regret to learn, however, that the whigs of Walton are so confident in their strength, that owing mainly to some mere local disagreements, they have put forward another candidate, Angus Gillis, Esq. Yet our whig friends may rest satisfied that this disagreement will not affect the whig cause. Walton is nearly four to one for the whigs, and is secure of a whig Senator and Representative. The opposition have nominated Judge David Gartman, of Yellow River, for the House and Col. W. Taber, of Washington County, for the Senate. . . .

Pensacola Gazette, May 10, 1845

[Contributed by Brian L. Rucker, Ph.D.]

Funding for Waterworks, Sewerage, and a Public School Building

The following is from Acts and Resolutions Adopted by the Legislature of Florida at Its Eleventh Regular Session (April 2 to May 31, 1907) Under the Constitution of A.D. 1885. The Walton County representative was J. F. Richbourg of Laurel Hill.

[Contributed by Robert Daniel]

State Senator Johnnie Wright

From “Today in Florida History” on, a blog of The Florida Times-Union:

Nov. 2nd, 1948

Johnnie Wright of DeFuniak Springs was elected to the Florida State Sentate on this date. Wright, age 23 years and 7 months, was one of two members of the Senate at this young age. The other state senator, D. J. O’Grady of Inverness, was 23 years and 3 months old when he was elected in 1967.

The youngest State Senator ever elected anywhere, as far as we could find, was John A. Hastings of Ohio. He was 22.