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  • Today in Florida History November 27, James Tillinghast Archer, a native of South Carolina, became the Comptroller of the State of Florida on this date. He was the first Secretary of State serving from 1845 – 1848 and also Florida’s Attorney General in 1848. The town of Archer in Alachua County is named after him. He died in 1859 in Tallahassee and is buried in the Old City Cemetery.Read more