If any contemporaries of William D. Bloxham (1835-1911) made any inquiries concerning the family background of Florida’s two-term governor, they left no record of his ancestry. As the son of a Leon county planter, born and reared in the heart of the political scene in Florida, his presence required no explanation. The War for Southern Independence, and then Reconstruction, of epic importance, engrossed men’s thoughts. Even Bloxham’s activity in statecraft was sufficiently important and picturesque to focus journalistic attention upon the man’s achievements almost to the exclusion of his earlier background.
Carson, Ruby Leach
"William Dunnington Bloxham: The Years to the Governorship,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 27:
3, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol27/iss3/3