Claude R. Flory


Marcellus Lovejoy Stearns, Florida’s eleventh governor and its last Republican governor, is easily remembered for certain indisputable distinctions. He was the only speaker of the Florida House of Representatives to preside over seven sessions of the legislature-including extra sessions. At thirty-four, he was Florida’s youngest governor and the only native of Maine ever to become governor of this state. Interestingly enough, he was succeeded by George F. Drew, a native of New Hampshire, who was born only fifty miles from Stearns’ birthplace.