William John Howey was a land speculator who came to Florida in 1908 and devised a unique land sales and development program on nearly 60,000 acres of land in Lake County. Howey’s plan, based on the sale of undeveloped citrus land, led to the creation of Howey-in-the-Hills, a town he envisioned as the “City Inevitable.“ In addition to this visionary enterprise Howey ran as the Republican candidate for governor of Florida in 1928, and again in 1932.
Hughes, Jr., Melvin Edward
"William J. Howey and His Florida Dreams,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 66
, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol66/iss3/3