In 1908, Florida’s first Governor’s mansion was occupied by one of Florida’s largest, most distinguished families. The family of Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, his wife, First Lady Annie Douglass Broward, and 8 daughters, including Annie Dorcas, Josephine, Enid, Elsie, Ella, Agnes, Florida, and Elizabeth.  A son, Napoleon, would be born in 1910 just before the death of the Governor. Annie Douglass Broward designed the china for the house and organized events to showcase literature and art. She was an avid painter, a prolific reader, and a feisty public policy and media follower as she advised the Governor in his professional and private life.

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