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Madison Starke Perry Marker (Obverse) , Rochelle, Fl.

The marker reads as :

Madison Starke Perry 1814- 1865 Planter, Legislator, Governor, Soldier

" Madison Starke Perry, born in Lancaster County, S.C., moved to Alachua County, Florida and became a prosperous planter. His plantation was located about six miles east of Gainesville in the area of present-day Rochelle. Perry was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1849 and to the Florida Senate in 1850, where he gained a wide reputation as an orator. A Democrat, he was elected fourth Governor of Florida, serving from 1857 through 1861. While Perry was Governor, major developments occurred in Florida. The Florida Railroad from Fernandina to Cedar Key was completed. A long-standing border dispute with Georgia was settled. Expansion of slavery brought related unrest, and in response, Governor Perry called for a strong state militia and the upgrading of military resources."

Erected by The Alachua County Historical Commission in Cooperation with the Department of State in 1987.

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29.55919722, -82.25849722

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Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Madison Starke Perry Marker; Madison Starke Perry; Planter; Legislator; Governor; Soldier; Alachua County (Fl.); Rochelle (Fl.); Historical markers --- Florida --- Rochelle.; Images


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