Florida Peninsular

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The Florida Peninsular was an early Florida newspaper published in the Tampa area. Simon Turman, Jr. was an editor.[1] A. Delaunay also served as the paper's editor and wrote about extrajudicial justice in Tampa.[2]

It was established in 1853 by P. G. Wall. In 1873 it was reported to have 400 subscribers.[3]

Issues from 1855 until 1871 have been archived at the University of Florida library.[4]

Simon Turman[edit]

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.[5] Simon, Jr. came from Indiana to Florida in 1843, and to Tampa in 1845.[6] His married Meroba Hooker in 1847. She helped maintain Oaklawn Cemetery.[7] They had one son, named for his brother, Solon B. Turman's sister Mary married John A. Henderson.


  1. ^ Bender, Shelby Jean Roberson; Dunham, Elizabeth Laramie (April 24, 2013). "Tampa's Historic Cemeteries". Arcadia Publishing – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Denham, James M. (April 24, 1997). "A Rogue's Paradise: Crime and Punishment in Antebellum Florida, 1821-1861". University of Alabama Press – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Rowell's American Newspaper Directory". July 6, 1873 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "The Florida peninsular". ufdc.ufl.edu.
  5. ^ "palmetto.htm". floridahistory.org.
  6. ^ Hazen, Pauline Brown (1914). The Blue Book and History of Pioneers, Tampa Florida (PDF). p. 30.
  7. ^ "Meroba Hooker Crane « Tampa Riverwalk".