Date in History:
Robert Raymond Reid began work as the fourth territorial governor of Florida on this date. Reid was born in Prince William Parrish, Beaufort District, South Carolina on October 8, 1789. He first became a public servant at the age of 27 when he served as a judge and also served multiple terms in the U.S. Congress as a representative from Georgia. Reid was appointed Governor of Florida by President Martin Van Buren and while in office he presided over the convention which drafted Florida’s first territorial constitution. Reid died at his home in Leon County on July 1, 1841 of yellow fever, just a few years before Florida became the 27th state.