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Former Florida governor Askew being remembered
In addition to his many other accomplishments Reubin Askew also represented Pensacola in the state legislature.
His connections to the city ran deep, and many close friends remember him as powerful force for Pensacola.
It all started here for former Florida Governor Reubin Askew.
Back in 1946, he graduated from Pensacola High School and today his name is in the history books here in this library at PHS.
We came to look at his yearbook from 1946 and here in a Tiger's tale he was named wittiest. A good attribute to have for a career as a politician.
Pensacola was a launching pad for Reubin Askew's ambitions and a life of public service.
From Pensacola High to Florida State University young "Rube" knew where he was heading.
Fred Levin/Law Partner and Friend
"Probably the finest person I've ever met as far as integrity, honesty, character, morality."
After law school at the University of Florida, Askew came back to Pensacola and started a law practice.
Cases were few and far between in those days and Reubin Askew's ethics and integrity sometimes got in the way of a payday.
"Reubin would sit down with the people getting a divorce and talk them in to getting back together rather than get a fee. He was just that kind of guy."
While practicing law, Askew was elected to the state house then the Florida senate.
From there he launched an unlikely bid for the governor's office winning the election in 1970. The first of two terms and the beginning of a seed change for the state of Florida and the "new" south.
"The greatest Pensacolian and greatest Floridian in history. The things he did when you look back as governor, and you think about this was done in the 70's."
"He changed the way the south was viewed."
Reubin Askew would make a run at the White House in 1984. And a short-lived shot at the US senate in 1988 before embarking on a career as an educator in Florida's university system.
His legacy will live on wherever good government is practiced.