Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fool's Day in Florida: 5th Governor of Florida ended his life on this day (April 1st) 150 years ago

Photo from the Florida Department of State.
John Kennedy at the Post On Politics blog has this about the 5th Governor of Florida, John Milton:
     The 2015 Florida Legislature reaches its midpoint today — the 30th day of a scheduled 60-day session.
     As usual, much is left to be done.
     But today also marks the 150th anniversary of one of the strangest and most poignant moments in state history — the suicide of Gov. John Milton as the Civil War drew closer to its end.
     Milton was at his plantation, Sylvania, near what is now the Panhandle community of Two Egg, when he put a pistol to his head. An avid secessionist, he had earlier said that “death would be preferable” to surrender to Union troops.