The Florida Peninsular was an early Florida newspaper published in the Tampa area. Simon Turman, Jr. was an editor. A. Delaunay also served as the paper's editor and wrote about extrajudicial justice in Tampa.
It was established in 1853 by P. G. Wall. In 1873 it was reported to have 400 subscribers.
Issues from 1855 until 1871 have been archived at the University of Florida library.
Simon B. Turman Jr. (1829 – May 22, 1864) was an early resident of Tampa, Florida. He served as a probate judge and newspaper editor at the Florida Peninsular newspaper. On the eve of the Civil War, he attended the Florida Secession Convention as a representative of Hillsborough County along with James Gettis and signed the Ordinance of Secession. He was a casualty of the war, dying in Georgia.
Turman's father was from Ohio and a pioneer in Palmetto, Florida. Simon, Jr. came from Indiana to Florida in 1843, and to Tampa in 1845. His married Meroba Hooker in 1847. She helped maintain Oaklawn Cemetery. They had one son, named for his brother, Solon B. Turman's sister Mary married John A. Henderson.
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