Charley Johns

Charley Johns

Thirty-second (acting) governor: September 28, 1953 to January 4, 1955

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Lt. Governor: None

First Lady: Thelma Brinson Johns

Florida Cabinet

Secretary of State:
Robert A. Gray (1930-1961)

Clarence M. Gay (1946-1955)

J. Edwin Larson (1941-1965)

Commissioner of
Nathan Mayo (1923-1960)

Attorney General:
Richard W. Ervin (1949-1964)

Supt. of Public
Thomas D. Bailey (1949-1965)

Florida Photographic Collection:


  • Gov. Charley Johns-Leroy Collins
    This debate between acting Gov. Charley Johns and future governor LeRoy Collins was filmed from a television monitor (kinescope) and simultaneously broadcast throughout Florida on radio.

Collections at the State Archives of Florida:

Published Materials:

  • Christie, Terry L. “The Collins-Johns Election, 1954: A Turning Point.” Apalachee (1963-1967).
  • Stark, Bonnie. “McCathyism in Florida: Charley Johns and the Florida Legislative Investigative Committee, July 1956 to July 1965.” MA Thesis: University of South Florida, 1985.
  • Schnur, James “Cold Warriors in the Hot Sunshine: The Johns Committee Assault on Civil Liberties in Florida, 1956-1965.” MA Thesis: University of South Florida, 1995.
  • University of Florida, College of Journalism and Comminication. Behind Closed Doors [videorecording], 2000.

Related Links:

  • Charley Johns, Florida Governors' Portraits, Museum of Florida History.

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