Claude Roy Kirk Jr.(1926-2011)was The 36th Governor Of The State Of Florida#3607 For Sale
Claude Roy Kirk, Jr. (January 7, 1926 - September 28, 2011) was the 36th Governor of the U.S. state of Florida (1967–1971). He was the first Republican Governor of Florida since Reconstruction.
Typed Letter Signed, 05/14/1968 - 7 1/2 x 10 folio: signed in blue ink on offical stationery from the 'Office Of Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr.' with a two-fold crease and a embossed seal of the state of Florida @ 12:00 on letterhead plus, a nice clear typesetting seen. Overall, fine/very fine condition.
Claude Roy Kirk, Jr. (January 7, 1926 - September 28, 2011) was the 36th Governor of the U.S. state of Florida (1967-1971). He was the first Republican Governor of Florida since Reconstruction.
Kirk worked as an insurance salesman and sold building supplies before partnering with W. Ashley Verlander in 1956 to start the American Heritage Life Insurance Company in Jacksonville, Florida.
In 1966, Kirk scored a huge upset to become governor, having defeated the Democrat Robert King High, the mayor of Miami, 55-45 percent. High had unseated incumbent Governor Haydon Burns, a Conservative Democrat, in the Democratic primary. In the general election, Kirk won majorities in fifty-six of the sixty-seven counties.
Burns's refusal to support High was a major factor in Kirk's decisive victory in the general election. Upon taking the oath of office on January 3, 1967, he became the state's first Republican governor in ninety years. During his single four-year term in office, a new Florida Constitution went into effect in 1968.
The governor was often at odds with both Democrats and his Republican colleagues in the legislature on issues such as growth and taxes. He earned the nickname Claudius Maximus because of his brash, ascerbic style of leadership and opinionated, colorful personality. A significant event of his tenure was a controversial statewide teachers' strike in 1968.
One of the major themes of Kirk's campaign was his strong support for the death penalty, in contrast to Collins', Bryant's and Burns' opposition to capital punishment.
Kirk promised to resume executions-the last had taken place in Florida in 1964-but no executions occurred during his administration, mostly because of an informal nationwide moratorium. Kirk made headlines when, during the campaign, he visited Florida State Prison and, after shaking hands with several death row inmates, said, "If I'm elected, I may have to sign your death warrants."
Kirk met Sarah Stokes while he was in law school. Her family owned an automobile dealership, and the couple married in 1947. They were divorced in 1950, but remarried in 1951. The union produced four children: two daughters, Sarah and Kitty, and twin sons Frank and Will. They divorced for the final time in 1966. In a 1967 interview, Sarah Stokes commented that Kirk "drinks to excess quite often (and) has indiscreet public associations with other women".
A divorcee when he took office Kirk, then 41, married German-born Erika Mattfeld, 33, on February 18, 1967. From his final marriage he had two daughters and a son.
Kirk's son-in-law, Ander Crenshaw, married to daughter Kitty, represents Florida's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.
In February 2011, Kirk survived a mild heart attack but died in his sleep on September 28, 2011.
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