Robert R. Reid, 4th Governor of Florida Territory

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Robert Raymond Reid, Jr.

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: South Carolina, United States
Death: July 1, 1841 (51)
Tallahassee, Leon, Florida, United States (yellow fever)
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Raymond Reid; Robert Reid; Joanna Reid and Joanna Garner
Husband of Mary Martha Reid ("Mother of the Florida Boys", "Buena Madre"); Anna Margaret Reid and Elizabeth Napier Reid
Father of Lt.. Raymond Jenckes Reid (CSA); William Travers Reid; Florida Forsyth Reid; Janet Reid; James Reid and 2 others
Brother of Sarah Hanson Black and Sarah Hanson Reid
Half brother of Thomas Jefferson Reid; John Edward Harden Reid and Annie Speights (Reid)

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About Robert R. Reid, 4th Governor of Florida Territory

Robert Raymond Reid (September 8, 1789 – July 1, 1841) was the fourth territorial governor of Florida. He was also a Representative from Georgia. He also held several judicial positions.

Robert Reid was born in Prince William Parish, Beaufort District, South Carolina, in 1789. He was educated at the University of South Carolina and studied and practiced law in Augusta, Georgia. Reid began public service at age 27 as a judge and later served Georgia as an at-large Representative from Georgia to the 15th, 16th, and 17th United States Congresses and served from February 18, 1819, to March 3, 1823. He also held several judicial positions including judge in the superior court of Georgia, circuit court judge for Middle Georgia, city judge for Augusta, Georgia. In May 1832, he was appointed United States judge for the district of East Florida by U.S. President Andrew Jackson.

In 1836, he married Mary Martha Reid, who later became known for her nursing work during the American Civil War. They had two sons, William and Raymond.

U.S. President Martin Van Buren appointed Reid governor of Florida in December 1839. Reid presided at the convention that drafted Florida's first constitution and advocated a vigorous prosecution of the Second Seminole War.

He died at his home in Blackwood near Tallahassee, Florida, on July 1, 1841, a victim of a yellow fever epidemic

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Robert R. Reid, 4th Governor of Florida Territory's Timeline

September 8, 1789
South Carolina, United States
Age 28
Age 47
July 1, 1841
Age 51
Tallahassee, Leon, Florida, United States
Age 51