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Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Governor John W. Martin House

 
 
Governor John W. Martin House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
1. Governor John W. Martin House Marker
Inscription. John Martin was born in Plainfield, Marion County, Florida on June 21, 1884. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1914. He joined the Democratic Party and toured the state making speeches in support of President Woodrow Wilson before and during World War I. From 1917 until 1923 Martin served three terms as Mayor of Jacksonville. In 1924 he ran and was elected Florida’s 24th Governor, serving from January 1925 until January 1929, during the height and collapse of the Florida Real Estate Boom. Martin was the first candidate to solicit the women’s vote. At the bottom of his political advertisements was the phrase “The Ladies are Especially Invited.” During his administration he proposed a change in the state constitution to allow the state to provide direct assistance to public elementary schools. This was ratified by the voters in 1926. Wildlife conservation programs were also begun in the state, with the restocking of quail and deer and the establishment of fish hatcheries. Martin’s house, called "Apalachee,” was constructed in the early 1930’s on his 27 acres. It is of the Georgian Revival style. In 1941, Martin sold the property to local developers who incorporated all but approximately six acres into a new subdivision called Governor’s Park. Martin moved back to Jacksonville where he lived until his death in January
Governor John W. Martin House image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
2. Governor John W. Martin House
1958.
Florida Heritage Landmark

 
Erected 1998 by the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-393.)
 
Location. 30° 26.163′ N, 84° 16.13′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is at the intersection of Desoto Park Drive and East Lafayette Street, on the right when traveling south on Desoto Park Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Desoto Park Drive, Tallahassee FL 32301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. De Soto Winter Encampment Site 1539~1540 (a few steps from this marker); Land of the Apalachee (within shouting distance of this marker); His Dream Dies With Him (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Fort Park (approx. half a mile away); John Gilmore Riley House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Union Bank of Florida (approx. 0.7 miles away); Leon High School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Capitol of Florida (was approx. ¾ mile away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
Also see . . .  National Governors Association former governor biographies. (Submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Notable PersonsPolitics
 
Wide view of marker & De Soto Encampment marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
3. Wide view of marker & De Soto Encampment marker
Current use of house image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
4. Current use of house
Governor John W. Martin image. Click for full size.
By State of Florida Oil Painting, April 5, 2002
5. Governor John W. Martin
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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