Today is an anniversary that unfortunately few people in Florida know about. On March 3rd, 1845, Florida was admitted as the 27th state in the union by congress. Both Florida and Iowa were admitted at the same time, as Florida becoming a slave state, and Iowa as a free state.
But word traveled slowly in those days, and it would be a few months before they celebrated in Tallahassee. The first state governor was William D. Moseley. He served only one four-year term, which was due to the state constitution that limited governors to one term only. It would be over 100 years before it would be any different.
(Below) William D. Moseley
Moseley is not remembered for much else in history. He kept peace with the Seminoles, but was an advocate of State’s Rights. An interesting irony was that he was college roommate of the person who served as President of the United States the same time as he was governor, James K. Polk.
At Moseley’s inauguration, the state flag flown that was given to him afterwards was the one shown below:
It was only flown once, and as far as anyone knows, the flag itself no longer exists. But many people think that it should have remained the state flag!
On March 3rd, 2010 03:35 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
thanks for posting that Chris! i have to admit, i'm one of those who still occasionally thinks it should be the state flag! do you have any other info on the flag itself? like the meaning behind the different colors? i understand the banner and the small United States flag, but i have always wondered about the bars of color.