William Pope Duval
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First Territorial Governor
(April 17, 1822)
President Monroe appointed William DuVal to succeed Andrew Jackson as Governor of Florida, ignoring Jackson's recommendation of Colonel William King for the job.
Born in Virginia, William DuVal left home at the age of 14 for the Kentucky frontier, settling in Bardstown to study law. He was admitted to the bar at 19.
He came to Florida as a Territorial Judge. He was appointed Governor of the Florida territory in 1822 and reappointed by Presidents Adams and Jackson.