Letters to the Editor

Two Floridians

Mike Abrams’ Dec. 22 column, Is there room for two Florida heavyweights? didn’t mention a big piece of Florida trivia history.

His opening statement, “No Floridian has come close to being the president of the United States” needs further clarification.

Though born elsewhere in the South, Andrew Jackson was appointed military governor by President James Monroe in March 1821.

Although his appointment ended Dec. 31, 1821, it was more than enough for Jackson to become the first Democrat and only Florida governor ever elected U.S. president, from 1829 to 1837.

How Florida has changed; not one but two Republican heavyweights are now being considering running for the highest office in the land. I wish former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio good luck.

Phillip G. Secada, Hialeah

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