Series Description

Record of commissions for County Guards, 1917-1920.

Series Number:

S 1296


Florida. Office of Secretary of State.


Record of commissions for County Guards, 1917-1920.


1.00 v.


By record type.

Historical Note:

The County Guards were created in 1917 (Ch. 7292, Laws) by the Florida Legislature to replace the National Guard of Florida which had been activated for European service as part of the American Expeditionary Force of World War I. Each county was responsible for nominating officers and bore the costs of equipping the Guards. The County Guards were to be called to service in times of riot or disorder. The County Guards were abolished four months after the end of World War I.


The series contains records of commissions for the County Guards from 1917 to 1920. A bound volume contains the official commissions signed by the Governor and the Secretary of State. The volume is indexed alphabetically by county at the front. The loose certificates are duplicates of the certificates found in the volume. Also included in the series are resignation letters submitted and notifications of appointments from 1917 to 1918. Although the County Guards were to be disbanded four months after a peace treaty was concluded, a few commissions are dated in 1919 and 1920.

Subject Access Fields

Florida. County Guards.
World War, 1914-1918 Florida
Civil defense Florida
Military administration.
Military commissions.

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