George Franklin Drew
|12th Governor of Florida|
January 2, 1877 – January 4, 1881
|Lieutenant||Noble A. Hull|
|Preceded by||Marcellus Stearns|
|Succeeded by||William D. Bloxham|
|Born||August 6, 1827|
Alton, New Hampshire
|Died||September 26, 1900 (aged 73)|
|Spouse(s)||Amelia Dickens Drew|
George Franklin Drew (August 6, 1827 – September 26, 1900) was the 12th Governor of the U.S. state of Florida.
Born in Alton, New Hampshire, he moved to the south, opening a machine shop in Columbus, Georgia in 1847. In 1865, he opened the largest sawmill in Florida in Ellaville. Elected at the end of Reconstruction on January 2, 1877, he set about to increase the economy of Florida while cutting expenses and reducing taxes. Another notable action during his governorship was the establishment of a convict lease system in the state.
He left office on January 4, 1881, returning to the lumber business. Later in life, he would settle in Jacksonville serving as the president of the city's trade board. Drew died on September 26, 1900, in Jacksonville.