The secession movement of 1851-52 received little support in Florida. Although the Compromise of 1850 was never very popular in the state, a majority of the citizenry accepted it as a solution to the sectional controversy. An indication of this sentiment was the re-election of Representative Edward C. Cabell in November, 1850, over Major John Beard. Cabell, who had voted against the Compromise proposals in the House, favored acquiescence to them once they had passed; Beard, the Democratic candidate, had stated he would resist the Compromise to the end. Cabell’s re-election was a victory for Florida unionists.
Wooster, Ralph A.
"The Florida Secession Convention,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 36
, Article 7.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol36/iss4/7