of the foremost lawyers of his day, a prominent United States Senator, at various times Attorney-General, Secretary of War, and Secretary of State of the Confederacy, and more latterly a Queen's Counsel in England, no history of his life has as yet been written.
Such a work is now in course of preparation in England, and it was a request for data in connection therewith that led in part to the writing of this sketch.
Judah Phillips Benjamin was the son of English parents, and was born in 1811.
His mother and father were on their way from England to New Orleans.
Arriving off the mouth of the Mississippi river, it was found to be blockaded by British men-of-war, so their vessel turned back and put in at St. Croix.
Here it was, on English soil, that young Benjamin first saw the light of day.
In 1815 the Benjamins moved to Wilmington, N. C., and ten years later, when only a lad of fourteen, Judah was sent to Yale.
He remained there only three years, and left before taking his