Frank L. Snyder


William Pope Duval, who served four terms as territorial governor of Florida, was a natural storyteller.1 His tales were crafted and fabricated with so much skill that his listeners believed every word as the absolute truth. DuVal never hesitated to shade the truth or to embellish his stories so that they became fictionalized accounts bordering on the fringes of reality. He wove a web of drama as he spoke and completely captured the attention of his audience. The stations in life they, the members of his audience, occupied did not matter— raw frontiersmen, uneducated workingmen, intellectuals, literary geniuses, or sophisticated former royalty.