Claude Roy Kirk
- Category : 1926-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (20)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Penetration 4
American politician, the first Republican Governor in 94 years with his election on 11/081966. He was considered erratic in spite of an ultra-conservative record.
Kirk served in the U.S. Marine corp. during WW II, 1943-1946. He married in 1947; two daughters. He reenlisted in 1950-52 as a combat Marine, serving in the Korean conflict.
Following a divorce, he remarried in 1951; twin sons. Entering the insurance business, he built a successful company in Florida after 1956. He divorced his second wife in 1966 at the time that he entered politics, winning the elective office.
On 2/18/1967, Kirk made a third marriage. When he blocked school integration, he lost the 1970 election to his opponent, Reuben Askew. During the following few years, his drinking increased and he separated from his third wife until, on 1/02/1978, he entered rehab, reconciled with his wife and announced that he was going to re-enter politics.