FLOR500, Garden 147 John Lee Williams, Attorney (1775–1856) Soon after the U.S. purchased Florida from Spain, the territorial governor, William DuVal, appointed John Lee Williams, an attorney practicing in Pensacola, and Dr. William H. Simmons of St. Augustine as commissioners charged with selecting a site for the territory’s new capital. Williams and Simmons met approximately half way between Pensacola and St. Augustine, surveyed the area, and chose the site that would become Tallahassee. Williams, a Massachusetts native who moved to Florida in 1820, wrote A View of West Florida in 1827 and The Territory of Florida, in 1837.
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John Lee Williams, Attorney 

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John Lee Williams, Attorney 

(1775–1856) 

Soon after the U.S. purchased Florida from Spain, the territorial governor, William DuVal, appointed John Lee Williams, an attorney practicing in Pensacola, and Dr. William H. Simmons of St. Augustine as commissioners charged with selecting a site for the territory’s new capital. Williams and Simmons met approximately half way between Pensacola and St. Augustine, surveyed the area, and chose the site that would become Tallahassee. Williams, a Massachusetts native who moved to Florida in 1820, wrote A View of West Florida in 1827 and The Territory of Florida, in 1837.  





 




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