Florida Memory will be down for scheduled maintenance today, October 31st, from 5 pm until 7 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Adjutant General

Introduction: The post of Adjutant General was first created by the Legislative Council of the Territory on February 1, 1832 and continued into statehood. 

The Adjutant General is appointed by the Governor and serves as his chief of staff (in the Governor's role as Commander-in-Chief).  During the nineteenth century, the Adjutant General's duties included supervision of the state prison and quarantine of the coast. 

Under the 1868 Constitution, the Adjutant General was a member of the Cabinet and as such, was part of the Board of Commissioners of State Institutions. Under the 1885 Constitution, the Adjutant General was excluded from the Cabinet. The Adjutant General also sat on the State Board of Pensions prior to 1915. 

In 1921, the Military Department was created and headed by the Adjutant General.  In 1973, the name was changed to the Dept. of Military Affairs.  The Adjutant General controls all Florida units of the National Guard, supervises all arms, troops, branches, and stores of the Guard, and transports and subsists any armed forces required by the state to maintain law and order.

John Varnum (1870 - 1877)

Records at the State Archives of Florida:

John J. Dickison (1877 - 18??)

[1816-1902]

Florida Photographic Collection:

Records at the State Archives of Florida:

David Lang (1885 - 1893)

[1838 - 1917]

Florida Photographic Collection:

Records at the State Archives of Florida:

Patrick Houston (1893 - 1901)

[1837 - 1901]

Florida Photographic Collection:

Records at the State Archives of Florida:

William Arthur MacWilliams (June 4, 1901 to July 23, 1901)

[1863-193?]

Florida Photographic Collection:

No records at the archives

Joseph Clifford Reed Foster (June 29, 1901 - January 10, 1917, and February 3, 1923 - June 18, 1828) [Died in Office]

[1873 - 1928]

Florida Photographic Collection:

No records at the archives

James McCants (March 30, 1919 - March 31, 1919)

[1876 - ??]

No records at the archives

Sidney Johnson Catts, Jr. (September 1, 1919 - January 3, 1923)

[1894 - ]

No records at the archives

Charles Philip Lovell (1921 - 1923)

[1869 - 1923]

No records at the archives

Vivian B. Collins (June 21, 1928 - April 15, 1947)

[1883 - 1955]

Florida Photographic Collection:

No records at the archives

Mark W. Lance (1947 - 1962)

[1898 - 1966]

Florida Photographic Collection:

No records at the archives

Henry W. McMillan (April 28, 1962 - August 12, 1975)

[1911 - 1975]

No records at the archives

Kennedy C. Bullard (August 13, 1975 - December 31, 1981)

[1917 - ]

No records at the archives

Robert F. Ensslin, Jr. (January 1, 1982 - 1992)

[1928 - ]

Florida Photographic Collection:

No records at the archives

Ronald Harrison (1992 - 2001)

No records at the archives

Douglas Burnett (November 3, 2001 - )

Florida Photographic Collection:

No records at the archives