William Dunnington Bloxham was the first Democrat to win a high elective office in Florida following Congressional Reconstruction. Just twenty-eight months after the end of military rule in the state this native Florida conservative was elected lieutenant governor. However, he was denied the fruits of victory for more than eighteen months. After tedious litigation he was finally awarded the office by the Florida Supreme Court and was inaugurated June 3, 1872.
Peek, Ralph L.
"Election of 1870 and the End of Reconstruction in Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 45
, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol45/iss4/4