Near Rochelle in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Madison Starke Perry
Planter, Legislator, Governor, Soldier
Madison Starke Perry, born in Lancaster County, S.C., moved to Alachua County, Florida and became a prosperous planter. His plantation was located about six miles east of Gainesville in the area of present-day Rochelle.
Perry was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1849 and to the Florida Senate in 1850, where he gained a wide reputation as an orator. A Democrat, he was elected fourth Governor of Florida, serving from 1857 through 1861.
While Perry was Governor, major developments occurred in Florida. The Florida Railroad from Fernandina to Cedar Key was completed. A long-standing border dispute with Georgia was settled. Expansion of slavery brought related unrest, and in response, Governor Perry called for a strong state militia and the upgrading of military resources.
As the Presidential election of 1860 neared, Governor Perry warned that secession might be Florida's only option, should the Republican party be victorious. On November 27, 1860, Governor Perry recommended that a convention by called to consider secession. The Florida Convention adopted he Ordinance of Secession on
Perry is buried here at Oak Ridge Cemetery on land he set aside in 1854 for the community. Buried here with him are his wife, Martha Starke Perry; a daughter Sallie Perry; and a son, Madison Starke Perry, Jr., also a Confederate veteran.
Erected 1987 by The Alachua County Historical Commission in Cooperation with the Department of State. (Marker Number F-314.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is January 10, 1861.
Location. 29° 33.578′ N, 82° 15.516′ W. Marker is near Rochelle, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is on County Road 234, on the right when traveling north. Located on grounds of Oak Ridge Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10225 Co Rd 234, Micanopy FL 32667, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the Rochelle Vicinity (approx. 3.1 miles away); Civil War Sibley Tent Stove (approx. 3.8 miles away); Sugar Trough (approx. 3.8 miles away); Micanopy Railroad History (approx. 3.8 miles away); Grindstone (approx. 3.8 miles away); Home Made Tractor (approx. 3.8 miles away); The History of Pepsi Cola (approx. 3.8 miles away); Thrasher Warehouse (approx. 3.8 miles away).
Also see . . . Madison S. Perry, from Wikipedia. ...The city of Perry, Florida is named in his honor.... (Submitted on May 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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