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The Confederate JuristThe Legal Life of Judah P. Benjamin$
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William C. Gilmore

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474482004

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474482004.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Confederate Jurist

William C. Gilmore

Edinburgh University Press

This section introduces Judah P Benjamin to the reader. It does so through the prism of his lavish retirement banquet, hosted by the Attorney General of England, in June 1883 and his subsequent withdrawal from public life. It draws heavily upon the, perhaps unprecedented, reaction of the English legal profession and the media to the loss of this leader of the Bar and considers the manner in which commentators of the day reflected upon the varied nature of his career and the magnitude of his accomplishments.

Keywords:   English Bar, Retirement, Professional reaction, Media reaction

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