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Richard Keith Call Letter

 Collection — Box: 140
Identifier: MSS 1976-006

Scope and Contents

This letter, signed by R. K. Call is as follows: "Dear Sir. I have received your kind letter and have but a minute to say I am Much obliged to you and that John W. Smith of Quincy Florida should be appointed keeper of the light house at Appalachicola."


  • created: 1834


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Richard Keith Call, the namesake of his uncle, a soldier in the revolutionary war, was born in Virginia on October 24, 1792. He came to Florida in 1814 as the personal aide of Andrew Jackson, returned with him to Pensacola in 1821 to set up the new territorial government, and decided in 1822 to make Florida his home. He served as a member of the Legislative Council; a delegate to Congress; and, finally, territorial governor. He served as the third territorial governor from March 16, 1836 to December 2, 1839 and as the fifth territorial governor from March 19, 1841 to August 11, 1844.

Call led the Florida militia in fighting the Seminoles during his first term. During his second administration as governor, he moved the territory closer to statehood and tried to minimize the financial problems Florida experienced because of bank failures and the national business depression. Call built an estate in Tallahassee, called "The Grove," in the 1830s. The structure, now on the National Register of Historical Places, later became the home of another governor, LeRoy Collins, and his wife Mary Call Collins, a descendant of Governor Call. Richard Keith Call died at The Grove on September 14, 1862. (Source: Museum of Florida History, Florida Governor Portaits)


1.00 items (1 folder)

0.00 Linear Feet

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Method of Acquisition

Purchased from Joseph Rubinfine.

Existence and Location of Originals

Portions of collection available online?: No

Processing Information

Processed August, 1976.

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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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