Merlin G. Cox


David Sholtz, New Deal governor of Florida, was not of the familiar cloth from which Florida governors are made. He believed when he began his campaign in 1932, that only a candidate who was cut from an unfamiliar pattern could be elected governor. Alfred Green and Roger West, who were associated with him in the practice of law in Daytona Beach, at first ridiculed Sholtz’ plan to run without the support of the “courthouse ring” in Volusia County. But David Sholtz wanted to be governor, and so he paid the filing fee, entered the race, and convinced a majority of the Florida voters that he was sincere. In the second primary he received the largest majority ever recorded for a candidate in the history of the state to that date.