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 degree.
Upon attaining his majority he was admitted to practice at the bar in New Orleans, and soon forged his way to the front.
In 1847 he was engaged as counsel in the famous Spanish land cases, which involved the ownership of immense properties in California.
For his legal services in this controversy he received the largest fee on record at that time, $25,000.
Mr. Benjamin in 1852 was sent to the United States Senate f