Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Governor Martin House
While looking for the Hernando de Soto encampment site which I posted about yesterday, I discovered this historic house which I had never heard about before. John W. Martin was a three term mayor of the city of Jacksonville before being elected Florida's 24th governor in 1924. He was the first candidate to solicit the women's vote by including the phrase "The Ladies are Especially Invited" on the bottom of his campaign ads. He built this house, called "Apalachee", in the 1930's after he left office and lived in it until 1941 when he sold it and moved back to Jacksonville. He died in 1958.