- Portrait of Governor William Sherman Jennings
- William Sherman Jennings, born in 1863, served as Florida's 18th governor between January 8, 1901 until January 3, 1905. Originally from Marion County, Illinois, Jennings obtained his law degree from the Union Law School in Chicago before relocating to Brooksville in 1886. In Florida, he entered politics and was appointed a circuit court commissioner of the Sixth Judicial Circuit. In 1892 he was elected State Representative from Brooksville, serving two terms, after which he was elected to the Brooksville City Commission, where he served from 1895 to 1900. While in the state legislature, he adopted an anti-corporate, pro-railroad regulation posture. In 1901 he was elected governor and served until 1905. As governor he introduced a system of primary elections, enlarged the state capitol and lowered taxes while boosting revenues. Governor Jennings died in St. Augustine in 1920.
- 1 photoprint - b&w - 10 x 8 in.
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