March 3, 1845 — “Florida becomes 27th State” via the Florida Department of State — William D. Moseley was elected the new state's first Governor, and David Levy Yulee, one of Florida's leading proponents for statehood, became a U.S. Senator. By 1850, the population had grown to 87,445. In 1860, no Floridians voted for Abraham Lincoln, although the Illinois Republican won at the national level. A special convention drew up an ordinance that allowed Florida to secede from the Union in 1861.
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