Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Jr. was born on April 19, 1857, and died on October 1, 1910. He was raised on various family farms along the St. Johns River near Jacksonville. During the Civil War, the family farm was burned by Union troops that occupied Jacksonville.

Broward began to work on tug boats and eventually owned a steamboat named "The Three Friends". Broward and the boat became famous for running guns to Cuba during their revolution against Spain in the late 1800's.

Broward became sheriff of Duval County, Florida, and later won election as a Florida representative. He ended his political career as the 19th Governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909.

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