Holmes County, Florida

Holmes County Courthouse History -- Sheriffs

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Holmes County sheriffs were elected for two-year terms from 1848 (when the county was created) until 1865.  That office was usually considered the most prominent and perhaps the most powerful of all county offices.  No records are available for the years 1867 to 1873, a "twilight" or "political wilderness" era that followed the War Between the States.  It often has been called the Reconstruction Era, a period of uncertainty reflecting at the local level a bitter struggle for political control of the state.  That era was effectively ended with the election of Democrat George F Drew as governor in 1876 to succeed Republican Government Marcellus B Stearns.

Photographs of Sheriffs

Memorial to Sheriff Daniel J Brownell

Police Memorial Services Honor Brownell 12 May 2005

Brownell Service Documention 12 May 2005

 

The sheriffs are listed below in alphabetical order, along with their term of office:

LAST NAME

FIRST NAME

MIDDLE NAME

TERM OF OFFICE

Andrews

Cletus

1957 - 1968

Andrews

J

S

1917 - 1918

Belser

Harvie

J

1969 - 1972

Braxton

John

1989 - 1997

Brown

Jesse

R

1945 - 1949

Brown

Lon

F

1933 - 1941

Brown

William

M

1885 - 1893

Brownell

Daniel

J

1857 - 1859

Chance

J

R

1949 - 1953

Driver

W

B

1928 - 1933; 1941 - 1945

Ellis

Thomas

N

1881 - 1885

Galloway

Drew

1981 - 1985

Golden

Robert

R

1851 - 1855

Hewett

Etheldred

1849 - 1851

Hickman

H

E

1877 - 1881; 1893 - 1897; 1905 - 1913

Johnson

T

W

1918 - 1928

Jones

W

C (Ben)

1977 - 1980

Lee Dennis 1997 - 

Mattox

J

H

1917

Mayo

J

Z

1913 - 1917

Neel

John

1873 - 1877

Paul

D

J

1897 - 1905

Pittman

Thomas

1865 - 1867

Raley

Wilburn

1973 - 1976

Steverson

H

L

1953 - 1957

Strickland

Thomas

Franklin

1985 - 1989

Turner

James

E

1848 - 1849

Vaughn

John

A

1855 - 1857; 1859 - 1865

 


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