Lawton Chiles facts for kids
Quick facts for kids
|41st Governor of Florida|
January 8, 1991 – December 12, 1998
|Preceded by||Bob Martinez|
|Succeeded by||Buddy MacKay|
|United States Senator
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1989
|Preceded by||Spessard Holland|
|Succeeded by||Connie Mack III|
|Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Budget|
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1989
|Preceded by||Pete Domenici|
|Succeeded by||Jim Sasser|
|Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging|
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1981
|Preceded by||Frank Church|
|Succeeded by||H. John Heinz III|
Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr.
April 3, 1930
|Died||December 12, 1998
|Resting place||Chiles Family Estate Lakeland, Florida|
|Relations||Kay Hagan (niece)|
|Alma mater||University of Florida|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1953–1954|
Lawton Mainor Chiles, Jr. (April 3, 1930 – December 12, 1998) was an American politician. He was the 41st Governor of Florida from January 8, 1991 until his death in December 12, 1998.
Before he was governor, Chiles was also a United States Senator from Florida serving from January 3, 1979 to January 1989.
Chiles once walked on a 1,003 miles from Key West to Pensacola, so that he can win for election for the United States senate. This earned him the nickname "Walkin' Lawton".
Chiles died on December 12, 1998 in Tallahassee, Florida from a heart attack, aged 68. He was survived by his three children and his wife Rhea.
Images for kids
Pair of Lawton Chiles' walking shoes on display at the Florida State Capitol.
Rhea Chiles embracing her son Bud during the funeral of Lawton Chiles, on December 15, 1998