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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M82- 4
Creator: Call, R.K. 1791-1862
Title, Dates: Journal, 1861.
Amount: 0.25 cubic ft.
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Biographical/Historical:     Richard Keith Call was the third and fifth territorial governor of Florida.  He was born in 1792 and came to Florida in 1814 as a soldier with General Andrew Jackson.  Serving as personal aide to Jackson, Call helped set up Florida's territorial government at Pensacola in 1821.  The next year, he started a law practice there.
    Successively, he was a member of the Legislative Council; Delegate to Congress; Receiver of the West Florida Land Office; Brigadier General of the West Florida Militia; and Territorial Governor.
    Commanding the troops in the Seminole Wars while Governor, Call routed the Indians in the Second and Third Battles of Wahoo Swamp. He was removed as governor because of controversy with Federal authorities over help for Florida in the Indian conflict.  When Florida became a state in 1845, Call ran for governor, but was defeated.
Summary:     The collection is made up of a typescript copy of Call's reminiscences, which he recorded for his grandson at the behest of his daughter, Ellen Call Long.  Call biographer, Herbert J. Doherty, Jr., said the journal was "a valuable source for the early years of Call's life, giving information not to be found elsewhere."  Doherty stated also that the journal was actually finished by Ellen Call Long.
    The journal begins with a depiction of Call's early life before coming to Florida.  Much of the account deals with his military career during the Creek War and the First and Second Seminole Wars. He details his relationship with Andrew Jackson at the Battle of Withlocoohee, as well as his leadership role as territorial governor and commander of American troops fighting the Seminoles.  Call includes some information on his term as Florida's territorial governor.  The journal ends with Call's service in the Second Seminole War.
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Location of Originals/Duplicates: University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.
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Subject Access Fields: Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Florida. Governor (1835-1840 : Call)
Seminole War, 1st, 1817-1818.
Seminole War, 2nd, 1835-1842.
Withlacoochee (Fla.), Battle of, 1835.
Creek War, 1836.
Seminole Indians Wars
Reminiscences. aat
Florida History To 1821
Added Entries Long, Ellen Call.

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