Richard Keith Call (October 24, 1792 – September 14, 1862) was the
third and fifth territorial
governor of Florida.
after his uncle, a Revolutionary
War hero, he was born in Pittsfield, Prince George County,
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1813 he left school to take part in the Creek
. He came favorably to the attention of General
Andrew Jackson, and came to Florida in 1814 as
his personal aid. He returned with General Jackson in 1821 to establish the territorial government after the United States acquired Florida from
Spain in the Adams-Onís
Treaty. In 1822, he decided to make Florida his home and
opened a legal practice. In 1824 he married Mary Letitia Kirkman of
Nashville at General Jackson's home, the Hermitage .
He was on the Legislative Council of the territory and served as a
. On March 16
, he was
appointed by President Andrew Jackson
as the governor of the territory. During this first term, he led the
Florida militia in fighting the
Seminole Indians, winning victories
at the second and third Battles of
He was replaced as governor by President
Martin Van Buren
on December 2
dispute with Federal authorities over their assistance in the war.
He crossed party lines to assist the presidential campaign of
William Henry Harrison
whoappointed him again as Governor. During this second term as governor, which
began on March 19, 1841, he moved the territory closer to statehood and
tried to minimize the financial problems that Florida experienced
due to bank failures and a national business depression.
left office on August 11
. In 1845 Florida became a State, and he again
sought election as governor, but his role in the election of
President Harrison adversely affect his campaign.
1830s, he constructed two plantations on
land that he purchased in Leon County. Orchard
Pond Plantation was located north of Tallahassee and The Grove
Plantation was located on Tallahassee's northern
Today it is on the National Register of Historic
Places. The estate later became the home of Governor LeRoy Collins
, and his wife Mary Call Collins,
the great granddaughter of Richard Call. Richard Keith Call died at
The Grove on September 14
Call was the uncle of US Senator Wilkinson Call
There are several streets in Florida named after Richard K. Call.
Streets are in Tallahassee, Starke, Jacksonville, Hollywood, and High Springs.
States Liberty ship named the
SS Richard K.
Morris, Allen and Joan Perry Morris, compilers. The Florida
31st Biennial Edition. Page 304. Peninsula
. Tallahassee. 2007. ISBN 978-0-9765846-1-2 Softcover
ISBN 978-0-9765846-2-9 Hardcover