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April 7, 2010, 12:42 p.m.
The Senator bald cypress tree

Photo: Ashley Schmidt/Wiki Commons

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The Senator

The Senator, located in Florida, is the largest bald cypress tree in the United States, and it is widely considered the oldest of its species known to exist. It is likely the largest U.S. tree of any species east of the Mississippi River. Estimated to be around 3,500 years old, the Senator was used as a landmark for the Seminole indians and other native tribes. The Senator's size is particularly impressive because it has endured many hurricanes, including one in 1925 which reduced its height by 40 feet.

The tree gets its name from from Sen. M.O. Overstreet, who donated the tree and surrounding land in 1927. 

Update 1.17.12: It is with a heavy heart that we report that 'The Senator' has burned to the ground.