Benjamin, Judah Philip (1811-1884)

Benjamin, Judah Philip, Q.C., was born in 1811 at St Croix, West Indies, the son of Jewish parents on their way from England to the United States. A lawyer in New Orleans, he early engaged in politics, serving first with the Whigs, and afterwards with the Democrats. He sat m file U.S. senate from 1852 till 1860, and in 1861 Joined Jefferson Davis's cabinet as Attorney-general. He was for a few months Secretary of War, and then Secretary of State until Davis's capture in 1865, when he escaped to England. He was called to the English bar in 1866, became a Q.C. in 1872, and retired from a large practice in 1881. He died in Paris, 6th May 1884. His Treatise on the Law of Sale of Personal Property (1868) reached a fourth edition in 1894.
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 89.

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