The present day economy of Florida is rooted in the post-Civil War New South era of American history. The first wealth acquired in the tourist trade and citrus production came to Florida in this period. Governor Joseph E. Brown of Georgia, along with many other Americans North and South, was amassing at this time a sizeable personal fortune in various enterprises that ranged from agriculture and real estate to railroads, banking, and mineral enterprises. On several occasions, he visited Florida, always keenly observing the economy of the state. Governor Brown’s political career was spread over the years from the 1840s to 1890. He served as state senator in the Georgia General Assembly, as superior court judge, governor of Georgia from 1857 to 1865, chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, and finally as United States Senator in 1880.
Roberts, Derrell C.
"Joseph E. Brown and Florida's New South Economy,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 46:
1, Article 9.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol46/iss1/9