The Washington Times - January 19, 2011, 12:33PM

Newly minted Florida Gov. Rick Scott is the state’s first bald governor since Reconstruction, a new study shows — refuting a previous claim the Republican’s hairless dome was a first for the state’s top politician.

Former Florida GOP Chairman John Thrasher boasted in September that if Mr. Scott won the November general election, “we will be the first party to elect a bald guy to governor.”

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Turns out, Mr. Thrasher was a hair off.

Exhaustive research by the St. Petersburg Times’ PolitiFact Web site snows that Harrison Reed — who headed the state from 1868 to 1873 — holds that title of Florida’s first follicly challenged governor.

Some have questioned whether Mr. Scott — technically speaking — is bald because he has speckled gray and white hair around the sides and back of his head. But the top of his head is naked, and Mr. Scott describes himself as bald.