William Watkin Hicks

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OccupationFlorida's State Superintendent of Public Instruction

William Watkin Hicks (born 1837)[1] was Florida's State Superintendent of Public Instruction during the Reconstruction era. He held office from March 1, 1875 until December 31, 1876.[2]

He organized Black voters and reportedly told them to vote "early and often".[3]

After J. C. Gibbs died in August 1874, Hicks succeeded him as Superintendent of Public Instruction.[4] Florida Secretary of State Samuel B. McLin held the officer interim until he took office.[5] Hicks was succeeded by W. P. Haisley.[6]

He lived in Dade County.[7]


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  2. University, Florida State (July 2, 1959). "Florida Educators". Florida State University – via Google Books.
  3. Morris, Roy Jr (November 1, 2007). "Fraud of the Century: Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876". Simon and Schuster – via Google Books.
  4. "The Compiled General Laws of Florida, 1927: Embracing the Subsisting Provisions of the Constitution and Statutes as Contained in the Revised General Statutes of 1920, Incorporating the Constitutional Amendments Adopted Subsequent to the Revised General Statutes of 1920 and the Laws of a General Nature Enacted at the Legislative Sessions of 1919, 1921, 1923, 1925, 1927". Harrison. July 1, 1929 – via Google Books.
  5. Pyburn, Nita Katharine (July 1, 1954). "The History of the Development of a Single System of Education in Florida, 1822-1903". Florida State University – via Google Books.
  6. Education, United States Bureau of (July 1, 1878). "Report of the Commissioner of Education Made to the Secretary of the Interior for the Year ... with Accompanying Papers". U.S. Government Printing Office – via Google Books.
  7. Society, Florida Historical (July 1, 1966). "Florida Historical Quarterly" – via Google Books.

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