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History of Hardee County's Clerk

Hardee County was created by Governor Cary A. Hardee on the 23rd day of April, 1921.

Hardee County is Florida's 55th county, officially established on April 23, 1921, from a segment of Desoto County. It gains its name from Cary Augustus Hardee, who was serving his first year as Governor at the time of the county's creation. The City of Wauchula is the county seat.

Manatee County was organized in 1855. At that time, it was as large as the state of Connecticut and extended 5,000 square miles. It contained what are now Sarasota, Hardee, DeSoto, Highlands, Charlotte, and Glades counties. All but Sarasota County were split off on May 9, 1887 when DeSoto County was created. Desoto County was split into DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Charlotte, and Glades counties in 1921.

Honorable George M. Hardee, Hardee County's first clerk was appointed by Governor Hardee on April 23rd, 1921
(Florida Session Law Reference: S.1, Ch. 8513, 1921: CGL 59)


The Hardee County Courthouse circa 1926
The Hardee County Courthouse circa 1927


Origional Courthouse Dedication Plaque
Original Courthouse Dedication Plaque


Honorable George M. Hardee
Honorable George M. Hardee
April 23rd, 1921 - 1922

Honorable S. W. Conroy
Honorable S. W. Conroy
1922 - 1932

Honorable R. Clyde Simmons
Honorable R. Clyde Simmons
1933 - December 31st, 1943

Honorable A. Ben Coker
Honorable A. Ben Coker
January 1st 1944 - December 31st, 1975

Honorable Coleman W. Best
Honorable Coleman W. Best
January 1st, 1976 - December 31st, 1996

Honorable B. Hugh Bradley
Honorable B. Hugh Bradley
January 1st, 1997 - December 31, 2012

Honorable Victoria L. Rogers
Honorable Victoria L. Rogers
January 1, 2013 - Present