Capital: Tallahassee

State Nickname: Sunshine State

State Bird: Mockingbird

State Flower: Orange Blossom

Admitted to the Union: March 3, 1845

Governors

June 25, 1845 to October 1, 1849:

William D. Moseley

October 1, 1849 to October 3, 1853:

Thomas Brown

October 3, 1853 to October 5, 1857:

James E. Broome

October 5, 1857 to October 7, 1861:

Madison S. Perry

October 7, 1861 to April 1, 1865:

John Milton*

(*Died April 1, 1865 -- no governor appointed until July 13, 1865)

July 13, 1865 to December 20, 1865:

William Marvin

December 20, 1865 to July 9, 1868:

David S. Walker

July 9, 1868 to January 7, 1873:

Harrison Reed

January 7, 1873 to March 16, 1874:

Ossian B. Hart

March 16, 1874 to January 2, 1877:

Marcellus L. Stearns

January 2, 1877 to January 4, 1881:

George F. Drew

January 4, 1881 to January 6, 1885:

William D. Bloxham

January 6, 1885 to January 8, 1889:

Edward A. Perry

January 8, 1889 to January 3, 1892:

Francis P. Fleming

January 3, 1893 to January 5, 1897:

Henry L. Mitcnell

January 5, 1897 to January 8, 1901:

William D. Bloxham

January 8, 1901 to January 3, 1905:

William S. Jennings

January 3, 1905 to January 5, 1909:

Napeolean B. Broward

January 5, 1909 to January 7, 1913:

Albert W. Gilchrist

January 7, 1913 to January 2, 1917:

Park Trammell

January 2, 1917 to January 4, 1921:

Sidney J. Catts

January 4, 1921 to January 6, 1925:

Cary A. Hardee

January 6, 1925 to January 8, 1929:

John W. Martin

January 8, 1929 to January 3, 1933:

Doyle E. Carlton

January 3, 1933 to January 5, 1937:

David Sholtz

January 5, 1937 to January 7, 1941:

Frederick P. Cone

January 7, 1941 to January 2, 1945:

Spessard L. Holland

January 2, 1945 to January 4, 1949:

Millard F. Caldwell

January 4, 1949 To January 6, 1953:

Fuller Warren

January 6, 1953 to September 28, 1953:

Daniel T. McCarty

September 18, 1953 to January 4, 1955:

Charley E. Johns

January 4, 1955 to January 3, 1961:

LeRoy Collins

January 3, 1961 to January 5, 1965:

Farris Bryant

January 5, 1965 to January 3, 1967:

Haydon Burns

January 3, 1967 to January 5, 1971:

Claude R. Krik, Jr.

January 5, 1971 to January 6, 1979:

Ruebin Askew

January 2, 1979 to January 3, 1987:

Robert Graham

January 3, 1987 to January 6, 1987:

John W. Mixon

January 6, 1987 to January 8, 1991:

Bob Martinez

January 8, 1991 to December 12, 1998

Lawton Chiles

December 12, 1998 – January 5, 1999

Kenneth H. MacKay, Jr.

January 5, 1999 – January 2, 2007

John Ellis Bush

January 2, 2007 –

Charles Joseph Crist, Jr.

 
Senators - Class I

July 1, 1845 – March 3, 1851

David Levy Yulee

March 4, 1851 – January 21, 1861

Stephen Russell Mallory

January 22, 1861 – July 1, 1868

Vacant

July 2, 1868 – March 3, 1869

Adonijah Strong Welch

March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1875

Abijah Gilbert

March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1887

Charles William Jones * Died in office

May 19, 1887 – March 3, 1899

Samuel Pasco

March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1911

James Piper Taliaferro

March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1917

Nathan Philemon Bryan

March 4, 1917 – May 8, 1936

Park Trammell * Died in office

May 26, 1936 – November 3, 1936

Scott Marion Loftin

November 4, 1936 – September 18, 1946

Charles Oscar Andrews * Died in office

September 25, 1946 – January 2, 1971

Spessard Lindsey Holland

January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1989

Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr.

January 3, 1989 – January 3, 2001

Connie Mack III

January 3, 2001 –

Clarence William Nelson

 
Senators - Class III

July 1, 1845 – March 3, 1849

James Westcott

March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1855

Jackson Morton

March 4, 1855 – January 21, 1861

David Levy Yulee

January 22, 1861 – June 24, 1868

Vacant

June 25, 1868 – March 3, 1873

Thomas Ward Osborn

March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1879

Simon Barclay Conover

March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1897

Wilkinson Call

May 15, 1897 – December 23, 1907

Stephen Russell Mallory II * Died in office

December 26, 1907 – March 22, 1908

William James Bryan

March 27, 1908 – March 3, 1909

William Hall Milton

March 4, 1909 – June 17, 1936)

Duncan Upshaw Fletcher

July 1, 1936 – November 3, 1936

William Luther Hill

November 4, 1936 – January 3, 1951

Claude Denson Pepper

January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1969

George Armistead Smathers

January 3, 1969 – December 31, 1974

Edward John Gurney

January 1, 1975 – December 31, 1980

Richard Bernard Stone

January 1, 1981 – January 3, 1987

Paula Hawkins

January 3, 1987 – January 3, 2005

Daniel Robert Graham

January 3, 2005 –

Melquíades Rafael Martínez

 
 
State Song
Swanee River
(Old Folks at Home)

Lyrics by Stephen C. Foster

Way down upon de Swanee Ribber,
Far, far away,
Dere's wha my heart is turning ebber,
Dere's wha de old folks stay.
All up and down de whole creation
Sadly I roam,
Still longing for de old plantation,
And for de old folks at home.

Chorus

All de world am sad and dreary,
Eb-rywhere I roam;
Oh, darkeys, how my heart grows weary,
Far from de old folks at home!

Second Verse

All round de little farm I wandered
When I was young,
Den many happy days I squandered,
Many de songs I sung.
When I was playing wid my brudder
Happy was I;
Oh, take me to my kind old mudder!
Dere let me live and die.

Third Verse

One little hut among de bushes,
One dat I love
Still sadly to my memory rushes,
No matter where I rove.
When will I see de bees a-humming
All round de comb?
When will I hear de banjo strumming,
Down in my good old home?

Swanee River was adopted as the official state song in 1913.

Click Left Triangle to Play Melody
State Population

1840: 54,477

1850: 87,445

1860: 140,424

1870: 187,748

1880: 269,493

1890: 391,422

1900: 528,542

1910: 752,619

1920: 968,470

1930: 1,468,211

1940: 1,897,414

1950: 2,771,305

1960: 4,950,560

1970: 6,791,418

1980: 9,262,078

1990: 12,937,926

2000: 15,982,820

 


State Capitol Building 1907