One of the most colorful figures involved in the destiny of the Territory of Florida was Virginia-born Richard Keith Call. He was an Indian fighter, served two terms as governor, and left behind him an impressive political career. Most of his early years were spent in Kentucky; and the recollection of a happy childhood in that state often caused him to return for visits after his permanent home had been established in Florida. He spent several years in a military academy in Tennessee, but with the outbreak of the War of 1812, the restless and impetuous youth left the academy to join an expedition to hunt down a hostile band of Creek Indians who had murdered a family on the Tennessee river. The Indians were not found, and Call returned to his studies at the academy. But the attraction of military life got the better of him, and he left school again, permanently this time, and joined a volunteer company under General Andrew Jackson to serve against the Creek Indians.
Martin, Sidney Walter
"Richard Keith Call, Florida Territorial Leader,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 21:
4, Article 5.
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