JACKSONVILLE, FL. - Former Florida Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. passed away today (Wednesday, Sept. 28) morning at the age of 85. He was Florida’s first elected Republican Governor of 20th century and served the office from 1967 to 1971.
|Claude R. Kirk, Jr. - Florida’s First Elected Republican Governor - Dies Today at 85 |
According to a statement from his family; Kirk died peacefully in his sleep at his West Palm Beach home, where he was resided for last few decades.
Claude R. Kirk, Jr. was born January 7, 1926 in San Bernardino, CA. He lived in Chicago, IL and Montgomery, AL where he attended high school.
Kirk, an outspoken politician, was elected as Florida’s governor in 1966 and his term administer revising of the state’s constitution and the creation of the Department of Environmental Protection. Former US President Richard Nixon considered him as a vice presidential nominee in 1968 but Kirk lost out to Spiro Agnew of Maryland.
He is survived by his wife, Erika Mattfeld Kirk and his children: Sarah, Katherine, William, Frank, Adriana, Claudia and Erik. He leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Kirk’s son-in-law is United States Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a Republican from Jacksonville, Florida.
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