37th Governor of Florida was born 1928

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11 Sep 1928

1928 – Rueben O’Donovan Askew, the 37th Governor of Florida was born on this date in Muskogee Oklahoma. Askew moved to Escambia County in 1930s and attended Pensacola High School. He graduated from both The University of Florida and Florida State University and served in both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate before being elected Governor in 1971. Askew served two consecutive terms in office (1971-1979), and his governorship was known for its stance on racial justice, capital punishment, and tax reform.


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