David Levy Yulee was Florida’s first Senator. He owned a plantation on Tiger Tail Island and built the Sugar Mill to process the sugar cane he grew. This area is known as Yulee Drive in Old Homosassa. Yulee did have other holdings throughout Florida but was best known for Homosassa. David Levy Yulee worked to represent Florida in having the state admitted to the Union, which he accomplished in 1845. During this time he built a railroad from the east to the west coast. By 1861, however, Florida left the Union and joined the Confederate States of America. Yulee then resigned from the Union so his work could continue through the Confederacy. A picture of David Levy Yulee can be found in the Florida State Archives.