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A Guide to the Fuller Warren Papers

Finding aid created by Richard Slaughter, Jr.

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
November 2008

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Warren, Fuller, 1905-1973
Title: Fuller Warren Papers
Dates: 1926-1953
Abstract: Papers relating to former Florida Governor Fuller Warren, his campaigns, his service in the Navy during World War II and other personal documents.
Extent: 3 Linear feet. 3 boxes; 10 volumes.
Identification: MS 110
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Fuller Warren was born on October 3, 1905, in Blountstown, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1926 and a Law Degree from Cumberland University in 1930. While a senior at the University of Florida, he was elected to represent Calhoun County in the State House of Representatives (1927). Returning to Jacksonville after law school, Fuller Warren was elected to the Jacksonville City Council in 1931 and served until 1937. He returned to the State House of Representatives in 1939 representing Duval County. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1940. He served as a Naval Gunnery Officer during World War II. He was elected governor of Florida in 1948 and served from 1949 to 1953.

As governor, Fuller Warren led the fight to end open (unfenced) ranging of cattle. The first state sales tax was passed during his administration. He was involved in two major controversies while in office. The first involved a lawsuit he filed against Collier's magazine for libel. The second was a conflict with U.S. Senator Kefauver's investigation into organized crime. He left office in 1953 and his later bid to be governor in 1956 was unsuccessful. After 1953 he lived in Miami where he practiced law. Fuller Warren was married three times: Sallie Mae Stegall, 1929-1937; Pat Pacetti, 1939-1942; and Barbara Manning, 1949-1954. He died September 23, 1973.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of scrapbooks, correspondence (including World War II, gubernatorial, and personal letters), essays, speeches, and financial information. The date range of the material is 1926-1953, but the majority of the collection is dated between 1940-1951. Material for Warren's campaign for governor in 1940 and 1948 are also included in the collection. The Senate Special Committee to investigate crime in Interstate Commerce, also know as the Kefauver Committee, investigated organized crime in Florida during Warren's term as governor. This collection contains statements, information, and correspondence pertaining to Fuller Warren's battle with Chairman Kefauver. Also, documents relating to Fuller Warren's libel suit against Collier's magazine are included. Ten scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings documenting Warren's career for the years 1948-1951.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

A larger collection of Fuller Warren's papers is available at Florida State University. Also, the State Archives of Florida contains the official gubernatorial papers of Fuller Warren.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Fuller Warren Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 Kefauver Investigation (1 of 2)
1 Kefauver Investigation (2 of 2)
1 Collier's Magazine suit for libel, 1949-1951
1 Campaign for Governor, 1940
1 Campaign for Governor, 1948 (1 of 2)
1 Campaign for Governor, 1948 (2 of 2)
1 Campaign issues, 1948 (Sales tax, conservation, health)
1 Campaign for Governor, 1956 (segregation affidavit)
1 Gubernatorial Administration, 1949-1951
1 Governor's Colonels (Honorary Staff)
1 Speeches (1949-1951)
2 Speeches (1944-1948)
2 Southern Baptist Convention - Speaking Engagement Controversy
2 Essays and Writings while in the Navy during WWII
2 War Correspondence (1940-1945)
2 Correspondence with Claude Pepper
2 Correspondence, personal (misc.)
2 Correspondence (misc.)
2 Editorials, "Facts and Figures," Letters to the Editor
2 Sallie Mae Stegall (First wife, married 1929-1937)
2 Pat Pacetti (Second wife, married 1939-1942)
2 Barbara Manning (Third wife, married 1949-1954)
2 Photograph of his wife (believed to be Sallie Mae Stegall)
2 Genealogy
2 Licenses to practice law and military records
2 Finance Personal (1 of 2)
2 Finance Personal (2 of 2)
3 Tax Information
3 1937 Appointment Calendar
3 1926 Composition book
3 Fuller Warren's Book of Bombast: Speaking of Speaking.
3 Report of Fuller Warren, Governor of Florida January 4, 1949- January 6, 1953
3 Scrapbooks (10 volumes), November 1948 - December 1951

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Florida -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950
Florida -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Florida Governor (1949-1953 : Warren)

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