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Portrait of Governor John W. Martin and staff in front of the executive mansion on inaugration day in Tallahassee, Florida.

Portrait of Governor John W. Martin and staff in front of the executive mansion on inaugration day in Tallahassee, Florida.

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  • Portrait of Governor John W. Martin and staff in front of the executive mansion on inaugration day in Tallahassee, Florida.

Image Number

  • N049955


  • 1925

Series Title

General Note

  • Accompanying note: "The personnel of Governor John W. Martin's personal staff has been announced as follows: Adjutant General J.C.R. Foster. From the U.S. Naval Reserves: Detailed as Naval Secretary, Commander Robert Gamble, Jacksonville. From the National Guard: Detailed as Aide, First Lieut. Robert F. Spottswood, C.A.C., Key West. From the Militia: Appointed and detailed as Aides, Lieut. Col. Samuel Barco, Miami. Lieut. Col. Stockton Broome, Jacksonville. Lieut. Col. D.P. Davis, Tampa. Lieut. Col. Herbert Felkel, St. Augustine. Lieut. Col. T.E. Fitzgerald, Daytona. Lieut. Col. W.M. Glenn, Orlando. Lieut. Col. Charles B. Griner, Jacksonville. Lieut. Col. Thomas C. Hammend, Tampa. Lieut. Col. J.E. Hardee, Madison. Lieut. Col. F.O. King, Orlando. Lieut. Col. J.P. Ingle, Jacksonville. Lieut. Col. W.E. Lee, Plant City. Lieut. Col. Jerome Wideman, West Palm Beach. Lieut. Col. Edgar A. Wright, Tampa. Lieut. Col. Roy C. Wright, Miami. Lieut. Col. Whit Palmer, Ocala. Lieut. Col. W.W. Wright, Quincy."

    Biography Note

  • John Wellborn Martin, Florida's twenty-fourth Governor (January 6, 1925-January 8, 1929), was born in Plainfield in Marion County on June 21, 1884, the son of John M. and Willie (Owens) Martin. He attended school for four years, then continued his education by study at night. Admitted to the bar in 1914, he began law practice in Jacksonville. He was Mayor of Jacksonville for three terms from 1917-1924 and returned to that city after serving as Governor.

  • Biography Note

  • As Governor during a land boom attracting national attention, Martin gave leadership to progressive endeavors which outlasted the speculation. These included the building of highways on a statewide basis, the financing of public schools by direct state appropriations, and the furnishing of free textbooks to all pupils in the beginning six grades. He was defeated for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate and in 1932 for nomination for Governor. Beginning in the 1940s he was co-receiver and subsequently trustee of the Florida East Coast railroad. He died in Jacksonville on February 22, 1958. Martin County, Florida is named for him.


Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 8 x 10 in.

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