Abraham Kurkindolle Allison (December 10, 1810 – July 8, 1893) was a Florida businessman and politician. He served in the Florida Territorial Legislature and the Florida State House of Representatives. He served as the sixth Governor of Florida, at the end of the American Civil War.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Allison was born in Jones County, Georgia, on December 10, 1810, to Captain James and Sarah Allison. After he graduated from school, he worked as a merchant in Columbus, Georgia, and in Henry County, Alabama. He then moved to Apalachicola, Florida, where he served as the city's first mayor. He also served as the first county judge of Franklin County and as Clerk of the United States Court. He was a member of the Territorial Legislature. In the Seminole War, he was captain of the Franklin Rifles. He moved to Quncy in 1839 and there commenced the practice of law.
Early political career[edit | edit source]
He was again elected to the Territorial Legislature, and represented Gadsden County in the State Legislature in 1845, 1847 and 1852. As Speaker of the House, he assumed the duties of acting Governor on September 16, 1853, because both Governor Thomas Brown and Senate President R. J. Floyd were out of the state. He gave up the office on the inauguration of James E. Broome on October 3. Allison did not exercise executive powers and merely held himself in readiness should a need arise.
Governorship and later life[edit | edit source]
After Governor John Milton committed suicide on April 1, 1865, Allison, as the state senate president, assumed the office of Governor. He resigned his office on May 19, 1865, and went into hiding the day before Federal troops formally occupied Tallahassee. He was captured by Union forces on June 19, 1865 and held for several months at Fort Pulaski. He returned to Quincy after his release. In 1872, he was convicted of "intimidating Negroes", and was jailed again for six months and fined. He died in Quincy, Florida, on July 8, 1893.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Morris's pg. 299
- Inc Icon Group International's pg. 366
References[edit | edit source]
- Morris, Allen Covington; "The Florida handbook", Peninsular Publishing, (2005)
- Inc Icon Group International; "Commits: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases", ICON Group International, Inc., (2008)
- Official Governor's portrait and biography from the State of Florida
- Morris, Allen and Joan Perry Morris, compilers. The Florida Handbook 2007-2008 31st Biennial Edition. Page 309. Peninsula Publishing. Tallahassee. 2007. ISBN 978-0-9765846-1-2 Softcover ISBN 978-0-9765846-2-9 Hardcover
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|width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
John Milton |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|Governor of Florida
April 1, 1865 – May 19, 1865 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
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