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MOSELEY, William D., governor of Florida, born in Lenoir county, North Carolina, 1 February, 1795 ; died in Palatka, Florida, 4 January, 1863. He was graduated at the University of North Carolina in 1818, studied law, and was admitted to practice in 1820. In 1829-'36 he was a member of the state senate, of which he was speaker for four years. In 1884 he was the Democratic candidate for governor. He removed to Monticello, Florida, in 1839, having purchased a plantation in the neighborhood, was sent the next year to the territorial legislature, declined a renomination, was elected a senator in 1844, and on the admission of Florida to the Union in 1845 was nominated and elected governor by the Democrats over Richard K. Call, who had been the territorial governor. After serving through his term of four years he retired to his plantation, and in 1855 removed to Palatka.
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