Announcement of the death of Florida Secretary of State John L. Crawford by Governor William S. Jennings

Announcement of the death of Florida Secretary of State John L. Crawford by Governor William S. Jennings

Transcript

State of Florida Executive Office John L. Crawford, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, a learned physician, a member of the Second State Assembly of Florida, afterward a State Senator for sixteen years, later Secretary of State for twenty-one years, truly a public servant for nearly forty years, distinguished for purity of character, honesty of purpose, and faithfulness to duty, is dead. Notwithstanding his feebleness and lingering illness, the intelligence of his death came as a shock. The closing of his life, so useful, honorable and illustrious, at the end of one year of his present term, to which the State had called him, causes great sadness to the people of the State of Florida, and deserves appropriate and sorrowful recognition. Now, therefore, it is hereby requested as a mark of regard for the distinguished dead, that the flags upon the Capitol and upon all public buildings of the State of Florida, including the armories of the Florida State Troops, be displayed at half mast, and that the State office be closed until and including the day of the funeral, and the officials and citizens of the State, for a like period, are requested to unite in appropriate tokens of respect. Given under my hand, without the Great Seal of State, at the Capitol, in the City of Tallahassee, this the twenty- fourth day of January, in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and two. William S. Jennings, Governor.

Source

State Library of Florida: Florida Collection, BR0076

Description

An executive order signed by William S. Jennings, Governor of Florida, requesting that out of respect for the death of Secretary of State Crawford all flags (at the Capital and all state buildings) should be lowered to half mast and all State offices should be closed until and including the day of the funeral.