Presidents in Florida: How the Presidents Have Shaped Florida and How Florida Has Influenced the Presidents

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Whether it is fighting wars, playing golf or going fishing, Presidents have come to Florida.  


  • Andrew Jackson launched a covert military operation to steal Florida from the Spanish. 
  • Thomas Jefferson set out to buy ...
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Whether it is fighting wars, playing golf or going fishing, Presidents have come to Florida.  


  • Andrew Jackson launched a covert military operation to steal Florida from the Spanish. 
  • Thomas Jefferson set out to buy Florida, but ended up making the Louisiana Purchase instead.
  • Herbert Hoover loved to fish in Florida and held the Florida record for largest bonefish.
  • Hoover came to Florida to spend time with his friends, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone.
  • Days before his inauguration, an assassination attempt was made on Franklin Roosevelt as he spoke in a Miami park.
  • Roosevelt’s yacht was anchored at Fort Lauderdale when a massive hurricane swept it inland. Roosevelt tried to sell it as a hunting lodge.
  • Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders sailed to glory from Tampa, but nearly missed the boat.
  • Abraham Lincoln launched a military mission in Florida to help his 1864 reelection chances. 
  • Harry Truman launched a campaign to defeat a Florida Senator.
  • George W. Bush launched his political career in Florida, working for a successful Senate candidate. And of course it was the contested Florida vote, with its “hanging-chad” ballots, that gave him reelection in 2000. 
  • After winning election, Richard Nixon purchased a home in Florida and was there during the Watergate burglary.
  • Nixon killed the Cross Florida Barge Canal, becoming a hero to environmentalist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561645336
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 990,652
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James C. Clark is the author of five books including 200 Quick Looks at Florida History, Red Pepper and Gorgeous George, and Faded Glory: Presidents Out of Power. He teaches history at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando, Florida.

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    Posted February 15, 2013

    Presidents in Florida by James C. Clark

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