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The Confederate Jurist: The Legal Life of Judah P. Benjamin

William C. Gilmore


This is the first biography, written from a legal perspective, on the public life of Judah P Benjamin (1811-1884); one of the giants of the common law world in the second half of the 19th century. It charts his meteoric rise as an American lawyer first in the mixed legal system of Louisiana and then nationally. In 1853 he was the first person of Jewish heritage to be offered nomination to the US Supreme Court – an honour he declined. Benjamin was also a member of the US Senate, a slave owner and a supporter of Southern secession. In the Civil War he served continuously in the Confederate Cabin ... More

Keywords: Jewish Attorney, US Senator, Slavery and Secession, Civil War, Supreme Court nomination, Confederate Cabinet, Political Exile, English Barrister, Legal scholar, Mixed Legal Systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474482004
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474482004.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William C. Gilmore, author
University of Edinburgh