To the general reader of Florida history, James Grant is but governor of British East Florida. Had the country remained English for a few more decades, it might well have been that those seven years held the most important service of his long public life; for during that time he laid, in a wilderness, the sound foundation of a typical British colony. But as that beginning came to naught; his governorship is only the midpoint of a military career which began in 1741 as an ensign and carried him to the rank of general in 1796.
Tucker, Philip C.
"Notes on the Life of James Grant Prior and Subsequent to His Governorship of East Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 8:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol8/iss2/5