David S. Walker
|David Shelby Walker|
|8th Governor of Florida|
January 18, 1866 – July 4, 1868
|Lieutenant||William W. J. Kelly|
|Preceded by||William Marvin|
|Succeeded by||Harrison Reed|
|Born||May 2, 1815
|Died||July 20, 1891 (aged 76)
|Political party||Conservative [Democratic] Party|
Walker was born near Russelville in Logan County, Kentucky. He attended private schools in Kentucky and Tennessee and studied law. He moved to Florida in 1837, settling in Leon County. His father was David Walker, a prominent early Kentucky politician who served in the US House of Representatives. David S. Walker was a cousin and close business and political confidante of Florida territorial governor Richard K. Call. He was also related to Florida Senator Wilkinson Call, who was Walker's law partner for several years in the 1850s and 1860s in Tallahassee.
Walker was elected to the first session of the Florida State Legislature in 1845, serving Wakula and Leon Counties as Senator. In 1848, he was elected by Leon County to the Florida House of Representatives. He served from 1849 to 1854 as the Register of Public Lands and was ex oficio State Superintendent of Public Instruction. He advocated and promoted interest in public schools. His efforts resulted in the creation of public schools in Tallahassee. He served as Mayor of Tallahassee. In 1860, he became a Florida Supreme Court Justice, but resigned to run to become Governor.
He had been a Whig and was a Constitutional Unionist and so had opposed Florida's secession. However, when the decision was passed to leave the Union, he supported his state. Walker won an election for Governor on November 29, 1865 unopposed with 100% of the vote, was inaugurated on December 20, 1865 and took office January 18, 1866. His term in office was devoted to restoring the state government while Florida was under military occupation during Reconstruction. After leaving the governor's office on July 4, 1868, he returned to practicing law. In 1878, he was appointed circuit court judge, a position he held until his death on July 20, 1891.
- Dubin, Michael J. (2010). United States Gubernatorial Elections, 1861-1911: The Official Results by State and County. McFarland. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-7864-4722-0. LCCN 2010010900.
- Schroeder-Lein, Glenna R.; Zuczek, Richard (2001). Andrew Johnson: A Biographical Companion. ABC-CLIO. p. 122. ISBN 1-57607-030-1. LCCN 2001001777.
- Official Governor's portrait and biography from the State of Florida
- Morris, Allen and Joan Perry Morris, compilers. The Florida Handbook 2007-2008 31st Biennial Edition. Page 310. Peninsula Publishing. Tallahassee. 2007. ISBN 978-0-9765846-1-2 Softcover ISBN 978-0-9765846-2-9 Hardcover
|Governor of Florida
December 20, 1865 – July 4, 1868
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