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ry 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 degree. Upon attaining his majority he was admitted to practice at the bar in New Orleans, and soon forged his w
Wilmington, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.35
n 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 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 t
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 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 Unit
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nvolved 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 from Louisiana, and five years later he was re-elected. His colleague was Mr. Slidell; who afterward figured so prominently in the Trent affair. It was during this time that he was tendered a position on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States, by President Franklin Pierce, an offer which was declined, he preferring to devote his time to private practice—for be it understood that Mr. Benjamin, of Louisiana, stood second to no lawyer in the land. In the Senate he was among the foremost, and Charles Sumner, whom he often opposed in debate, declared that Mr. Benjamin was the most eloquent speaker to whom he ever listened. The stormy days of ‘61 came on, and he, with the other Southern Senators, withdrew from that body. His farewell address occupied
the case. The next week, Mr. Benjamin was tendered a banquet for his temerity, by the leading members of the English bar. His English practice. It was estimated that Mr. Benjamin enjoyed an income of $75,000 a year from his English practice, and at his death he left a fortune of $300,000 to two relatives in New Orleans. He died in Paris in 1884. In person Mr. Benjamin was rather short, heavy set, with square shoulders, and was inclined toward corpulency. His face was typically Jewish, the short black beard he wore helping to intensify it. His ability to sway an audience by his eloquence was nothing short of marvellous. When in Richmond he resided on Main street, between Fourth and Fifth. He invariably wore the most immaculate of linen, was always cheerful and affable, and never traveled without a copy of Tennyson, and, strange to say, was also an ardent admirer of Horace. Mr. Benjamin was the author of a number of works, mostly of a legal character, and his Benjamin
ading members of the English bar. His English practice. It was estimated that Mr. Benjamin enjoyed an income of $75,000 a year from his English practice, and at his death he left a fortune of $300,000 to two relatives in New Orleans. He died in Paris in 1884. In person Mr. Benjamin was rather short, heavy set, with square shoulders, and was inclined toward corpulency. His face was typically Jewish, the short black beard he wore helping to intensify it. His ability to sway an audience by his eloquence was nothing short of marvellous. When in Richmond he resided on Main street, between Fourth and Fifth. He invariably wore the most immaculate of linen, was always cheerful and affable, and never traveled without a copy of Tennyson, and, strange to say, was also an ardent admirer of Horace. Mr. Benjamin was the author of a number of works, mostly of a legal character, and his Benjamin on Sales is to-day a leading standard authority. Judah P. Benjamin was a man among men.
Judah Phillips Benjamin (search for this): chapter 1.35
vernment of the Southern Confederacy was Judah P. Benjamin, a Jew, as signified by his name. Altart to the writing of this sketch. Judah Phillips Benjamin was the son of English parents, and wm he often opposed in debate, declared that Mr. Benjamin was the most eloquent speaker to whom he evmed at Montgomery, President Davis selected Mr. Benjamin as his Attorney-General. Upon the consummao, and the committee was in a quandary. At Mr. Benjamin's own suggestion the committee recommended llel of such patriotism. In Danville. Mr. Benjamin evidently did not accompany the presidentiae to the household. The following Sunday Mr. Benjamin gave an exhibition of his admirable tact, whim to their chamber. When they were there Mr. Benjamin said: Dr. Hoge, I didn't have the heart to farewell, he unwittingly remarked, Good-by, Mr. Benjamin, that the true state of affairs was exposedh he did, winning the case. The next week, Mr. Benjamin was tendered a banquet for his temerity, by[25 more...]
a Confederate. An anecdote of him told by Dr. Hoge—his capacity for hard work. His flight from s met in the streets of the latter city by Rev. Dr. Hoge, of Richmond, who, after questioning him con of the city, been unable to secure board. (Dr. Hoge, in answer to a query, assures me that this wThis the Secretary refused to do, saying that Dr. Hoge's hostess was a stranger to him, and that it or him to intrude upon the family uninvited. Dr. Hoge allayed his fears after some argument, assuri, which can best be described in the words of Dr. Hoge: At the breakfast table the conversatio are going to the Presbyterian Church to hear Dr. Hoge preach, I wondered what Mr. Benjamin would dorsing nonchalantly for a short time, beckoned Dr. Hoge to follow him to their chamber. When they were there Mr. Benjamin said: Dr. Hoge, I didn't have the heart to tell you before these ladies, sometce never revealed what he suffered, but, said Dr. Hoge in relating the incident, I could not refrain[1 more...]
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lmost implied an invitation, We are going to the Presbyterian Church to hear Dr. Hoge preach, I wondered what Mr. Benjamin would do. He never hesitated a moment, but in his most affable manner asked: May I have the pleasure of accompaning you? Lee's surrender. After church the party was sitting in the parlor chatting when Mr. Benjamin, who had been called away, entered the room, and, after conversing nonchalantly for a short time, beckoned Dr. Hoge to follow him to their chamber. When they were there Mr. Benjamin said: Dr. Hoge, I didn't have the heart to tell you before these ladies, something I want to communicate to you. He then went on to say that General Lee had surrendered. Mr. Benjamin's face never revealed what he suffered, but, said Dr. Hoge in relating the incident, I could not refrain from sitting down on the bed and weeping, a habit to which I am not addicted. When Mr. Benjamin set out on his trip southward from Danville shortly after this, he was asked by Dr
owing to overwork and some friction with others, he resigned, but not long afterwards President Davis insisted on his returning to the Cabinet. As much of the business of the Confederate Congress was transacted in secret, no great deal is known of its workings, but it is claimed by those acquainted with its inner affairs, that the greater portion of its important legislation was framed by Mr. Benjamin. Self-sacrifice. An act performed in 1862 shows the true patriotism of the man. General Huger was in command of Roanoke Island and Mr. Benjamin was filling the post of Secretary of War. A requisition for powder was made and was not filled. This was twice repeated without avail, and Roanoke Island fell. An investigation was ordered by Congress, and it took but a few seconds for the Secretary to inform the committee that the powder had not been forthcoming for the best of reasons—there was none to send. The question then arose as to what might be the probable effect upon Congre
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