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Richard Keith Call was the third and fifth territorial governor of Florida. He came to Florida in 1814 as a soldier with General Andrew Jackson. Serving as personal aide to Jackson, Call helped set up Florida's territorial government at Pensacola in 1821. The next year, he started a law practice there. Successively, he was a member of the Legislative Council; Delegate to Congress; Receiver of the West Florida Land Office; Brigadier General of the West Florida Militia; and Territorial Governor.
While Territorial Governor, Call routed the Indians in the Second and Third Battles of Wahoo Swamp. He was removed as governor because of controversy with Federal authorities over help for Florida in the Seminole Wars. When Florida became a state in 1845, Call ran for governor, but was defeated.
This collection contains correspondence, 1825-1849, of Richard Keith Call. The letters discuss the determination of land ownership; disposition of the territorial archives; the First and Second Seminole Wars, including the Battles of Withlacoochee, Fort Drane, and Wahoo Swamp; and political matters. Call's correspondents include: Secretary of State Martin Van Buren; Attorney General William Wirt; Jacob Houseman and Charles Home of Indian Key; Colonel William Bailey; William Pope DuVal; R.C. Allen; and William Reynolds.
Other correspondence includes: translated copies of letters, 1791-1794, to the Captain General of Cuba, Don Luis de las Casas, from the governor of East Florida, Juan Quesada; a partial letter, 1831, probably to President Andrew Jackson; a letter from Duncan L. Clinch to R. Jones; a letter from B.K. Pierce to J.P. Crane; and the deposition of John Whitehead before the United States consul at Havana in 1830. It includes duplicate letters sent by Call and Thomas Brown to Thomas Ewing discussing political parties in 1849. Finally, it includes Call's acceptance in 1845 of the nomination as candidate for governor of Florida.
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Florida. Territorial Legislative Council.
Archives Florida Seminole War, 1st, 1817-1818. Seminole War, 2nd, 1835-1842. Spanish Florida claims. Withlacoochee (Fla.), Battle of, 1835. Fort Drane (Fla.), Battle of, 1836. Wahoo Swamp (Fla.), Battle of, 1836. Land grants Florida Seminole Indians Wars
Indian Key (Fla.) West Florida. Florida Politics and government 1821-1865
Allen, R.C., fl. 1832
Bailey, William, Colonel
Casas, Don Luis de las, fl. 1790-1795
Clinch, Duncan Lamont, 1787-1849
DuVal, William Pope, 1784-1854
Home, Charles, fl. 1836
Houseman, Jacob, d. 1841
Pierce, Benjamin Kendrick, 1790-1850
Quesada, Juan Nepomuceno de.
Reynolds, William, fl. 1825
Wirt, William, 1772-1834
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862
Jones, R., Adjutant-General
Crane, J.B., fl. 1839
Ewing, Thomas, 1789-1871
Brown, Thomas, 1785-1867
Whitehead, John, fl. 1830