Though the Senator suffered tragedy in 2012 after a fire caused much of the tree to collapse, this iconic tree bears mentioning here. Formerly located in Florida, the Senator was the largest bald cypress tree in the United States, and was widely considered the oldest of its species known to exist. It was also likely the largest U.S. tree of any species east of the Mississippi River. Estimated to have been around 3,500 years old, the Senator was used as a landmark for the Seminole indians and other native tribes. The Senator's size was particularly impressive because it endured many hurricanes, including one in 1925 which reduced its height by 40 feet.
The tree got its name from from Sen. M.O. Overstreet, who donated the tree and surrounding land in 1927.