Benjamin, Judah Philip
1811 - Born on the 6th of August in Christiansted, Saint Croix, in the Danish West Indies.
1824 - Attended Fayetteville Academy in North Carolina, and at the age of fourteen he entered Yale Law School.
1832 - Moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he continued his study of law, was admitted into the bar and entered private practice as a commercial lawyer.
1833 - Benjamin made a strategic marriage to Natalie St. Martin, of a prominent New Orleans Creole family.
- He was elected to the lower house of the Louisiana State Legislature as a Whig.
1845 - Served as a member of the state Constitutional Convention.
1850 - He sold his plantation and its 150 slaves.
1853 - Senator from Louisiana.
1859 - He was again selected to serve as Senator for the term as a Democrat.
- During the 34th through 36th Congresses he was chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims.
1861 - Confederate secretary of war.
- Davis appointed Benjamin to be the first Attorney General of the Confederacy on 25th of February.
- Benjamin has been referred to as "the Brains of the Confederacy."
1862-1865 - Last Confederate secretary of state.
1866 - He was called to the bar in England, the beginning of a successful and lucrative second career as a barrister.
1868 - Published his Treatise on the Law of Sale of Personal Property.
1872 - He became Queen's Counsel.
1884 - Died in Paris on the 6th of May and was interred at Père Lachaise cemetery.
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