George Franklin Drew
12th Governor of Florida
In office
January 2, 1877 – January 4, 1881
LieutenantNoble A. Hull
Preceded byMarcellus Stearns
Succeeded byWilliam D. Bloxham
Personal details
BornAugust 6, 1827
Alton, New Hampshire
DiedSeptember 26, 1900 (aged 73)
Jacksonville, Florida
Political partyDemocratic
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.[1]


  1. ^ "George Franklin Drew - Florida Department of State". Retrieved July 12, 2020.
Party political offices Preceded byWilliam D. Bloxham Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida 1876 Succeeded byWilliam D. Bloxham Political offices Preceded byMarcellus L. Stearns Governor of Florida January 2, 1877 – January 4, 1881 Succeeded byWilliam D. Bloxham