Inaguration Day, January 3, 1949, dawned overcast and rainy in Tallahassee. The inclement weather, however, did not dampen the enthusiasm of a large crowd that lined the route from the executive mansion to the capitol to greet the new governor, Fuller Warren. With typical inaugural fanfare, Warren was escorted to the steps of the capitol by marching guardsmen and a band which periodically broke into a rendition of “Suwannee River,” the state song. After taking the oath of office, Warren gave a brief inaugural address in which he called for governmental economy, pine tree prosperity, citrus reform, increased tourism, and additional industry for Florida. He also renewed his campaign pledge to veto any general sales tax.
Colburn, David R.
"Florida Gubernatorial Politics: The Fuller Warren Years,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 53:
4, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol53/iss4/3