Daniel T. McCarty

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Daniel T. McCarty
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31st Governor of Florida
In office
January 6, 1953 – September 28, 1953
Preceded byFuller Warren
Succeeded byCharley E. Johns
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1912-01-18)January 18, 1912
Fort Pierce, Florida, U.S.
DiedSeptember 28, 1953(1953-09-28) (aged 41)
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
Resting placePalms Cemetery, Ankona, Florida, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Olie Brown (m. 1940)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsBronze Star
Purple Heart
Legion of Merit
Croix de Guerre

Daniel Thomas "Dan" McCarty (January 18, 1912 – September 28, 1953) was an American politician and elected officeholder. McCarty was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, and served as its speaker, and was later elected the 31st Governor of Florida.

Early life[edit]

Dan McCarty was born in Fort Pierce, Florida, the son of a prominent local family, and grew up in a large house on Indian River Drive just south of the present courthouse in downtown Fort Pierce. He attended local public schools including the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida he was extremely active within Florida Blue Key, Student Government, the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and ROTC. After finishing his education in 1934, McCarty became a cattleman and citrus grower in Fort Pierce. He married Olie Brown with whom he had three children. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army, was promoted to the rank of colonel, and was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Legion of Merit, and the French Croix de Guerre. During World War II, he distinguished himself by being among those who landed on D-Day with the Seventh Army in the South of France.[1]

Political career[edit]

He began his political career when in 1937, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he served until 1941. During the 1941 session, he served as speaker of the house. In 1948 he was the runner up for the Democratic nomination for governor. Four years later in 1952, he ran for governor again, and this time was successful in winning the office. During his tenure, he reformed purchasing and hiring practices by the state government, boosted teachers' salaries and created scholarships for teacher training, opposed oil exploration in the Everglades, and instituted aid programs for the disabled. A chain smoker, McCarty's health was already weakened by the end of the 1952 Gubernatorial contest.[2]

On February 25, 1953, shortly after assuming the governorship, he suffered a debilitating heart attack. For months McCarty struggled to regain his strength, spending most of his days working in the Governor's mansion. Finally in early September he contracted a severe case of pneumonia and died on September 28, 1953, in Tallahassee. After a large funeral at his lifelong parish church, the old Carpenter Gothic St. Andrew's Episcopal Church across the street from his boyhood home in Fort Pierce, he was buried in the Palms Cemetery three miles south on Indian River Drive in Ankona. The beginning of the bumper-to-bumper funeral procession reached the small cemetery before the last cars had left the church area. Dan McCarty Middle School, in St. Lucie County, was named in his honor.


  1. ^ Allen Morris, The Florida Handbook at 331 (1997-1998 ed.)
  2. ^ "Thursday Bookshelf – Florida Governors: Lasting Legacies – The Florida Squeeze". The Florida Squeeze. Retrieved 22 February 2016.

External links[edit]

Media related to Daniel T. McCarty at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Fuller Warren
Governor of Florida
January 6, 1953–September 28, 1953
Succeeded by
Charley E. Johns