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CALL, Daniel, lawyer, born about 1765; died in Richmond, Virginia, 20 May, 1840. He was a brother-in-law of Chief-Justice John Marshall, and published "Reports of the Virginia Court of Appeals" (6 vols., 1790-1818; 2d ed., edited by Joseph Tare, 1824-'33).--His brother, Richard Keith, soldier, born in 1757; died in 1792, was a citizen of Virginia, and was a major in the revolutionary army. He was one of seven who cut their way through the British cavalry at Charleston, South Carolina, 6 5lay, 1780, and escaped. He commanded a rifle corps in the action with Col. Simcoe at Spencer's Ordinary, Virginia, 25 June, 1781, and at Jamestown, on 6 July, served under General Lafayette. He was elected surveyor-general of Georgia in January, 1784.--Their nephew. Richard Keith, soldier, born near Petersburg, Virginia, in 1791; died in Tallahassee, Florida, 14 September, 1862, was appointed first lieutenant in the 44th infantry, 15 July, 1814 ; brevet captain, 7 November, 1814; volunteer aide to General Jackson in April, 1818; captain, July, 1818; and resigned, 1 May, 1822. He was a member of the legislative council of Florida in April, 1822; brigadier-general of west Florida militia in January, 1823; delegate to congress from 1823 till 1825; and receiver of the west Florida land-office in March, 1825. He was governor of Florida from 1835 till 1840, and led the army against the Seminoles from 6 December, 1835, till 6 December, 1836, commanding in the second and third battles of Wahoo Swamp, 18 and 21 November, 1836. It is said that at the battle of Ouithlacoo-chic Governor Call personally saved General Clinch and his command from being cut to pieces, contrary to the statement made by the latter in his history of the Florida war. A controversy with J0el R. Poinsett, secretary of war in Van Buren's cabinet, relative to the misdirection of the war, cost Governor Call his office. He consequently turned Whig, and worked earnestly for Harrison's election, canvassing the northern states in his behalf. President Harrison reappointed him governor of Florida in 1841, and he held the office till 1844, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the governorship in 1845, when the territory became a state. Although he had sacrificed fortune, health, and popularity to protect the citizens of Florida during the Seminole war, they could not forgive him for turning Whig, and he never held political office again in Florida. But he was major general of state militia from 1 July to 8 December, 1846. Governor Call took great interest in the development of his state. He projected and built the third railroad in the United States, from Tallahassee to St. Marks, and also located the town of Port Leon, which was afterward destroyed by a cyclone. He always considered himself a Jackson democrat, as opposed to later democracy. Feeling that he had fought at Jackson's side for every inch of ground from Tennessee to the peninsula, he regarded himself as one of the builders of the nation, and during the civil war was one of the few men in the south that looked on secession as treason. On 12 February, 1861, Governor Call wrote a long letter to John S. Littell, of Pennsylvania, deploring secession, but defending slavery.--Governor Call's nephew, Wilkinson, senator, born in Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, 9 January, 1834, went to Florida early in life, and became a lawyer. He was elected to the United States senate in December, 1865, but was not allowed to take his seat, owing to the subsequent passage of the reconstruction act. He was again chosen in 1879, and was re-elected for the term ending in March, 1891.
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