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Judah Benjamin
Benjamin
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (born a British subject);
Confederate States (1861-5);
Died in Britain
Date of Birth: 1811
Date of Death: 1884
Cause of Death: Heart-related illness
Religion: Judaism
Occupation: Lawyer, Politician
Spouse: Natalie St. Martin
Children: Ninette Benjamin
Turtledove Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederate States
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): How Few Remain
Type of Appearance: Direct
Judah Philip Benjamin (August 11, 1811 – May 6, 1884) was a prominent Confederate politician, and lawyer, who served as a representative in the Louisiana state legislature, as United States Senator for Louisiana, in several Cabinet posts in the government of the Confederate States of America, and as a distinguished barrister and Queen's Counsel in Britain. He was the second Jew to serve as a U.S. Senator, and the first in the Cabinet of a North American government (although an unrecognized one).

Judah Benjamin in The Guns of the South

Judah Benjamin served as Jefferson Davis' Secretary of State and as one of the Confederacy's representatives to the peace conference that resulted in the end of the Second American Revolution and the recognition of the CS. He was a particularly shrewd man, and was one of the few Confederate leaders privy to the truth about the Rivington Men. For these reasons, Lee asked Benjamin to continue in the position of Secretary of State when Lee was elected.

Benjamin was wounded during the Rivington Men's attack on Robert E. Lee's inauguration as president. The bullet passed through his calf, but did not damage the bone.

Judah Benjamin in Southern Victory

Judah Benjamin was Secretary of State under President Jefferson Davis, and served in the Cabinets of many others of the Confederacy's first generation of leaders. He led his country's diplomatic efforts in the War of Secession. During the presidency of James Longstreet, Judah Benjamin was the ambassador to the United States. Despite his best efforts, he was not able to prevent the Second Mexican War of 1881-2.

During the closing days of the Second Mexican War, Benjamin became aware that Senator Wade Hampton III was attempting to recruit support for a coup should Longstreet go through with his plans to end slavery. He also knew that Hampton had unsuccessfully attempted to recruit Thomas Jackson, a fact which surprised Jackson.


Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Solomon W. Downs
United States Senator (Class 2) from Louisiana
March 4, 1853 – February 4, 1861
Served alongside: Pierre Soulé and John Slidell
Succeeded by
John S. Harris
Preceded by
Robert Hunter
Secretary of State for the Confederate States
1862-1865
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Leroy Pope Walker
Secretary of War for the Confederate States
1861-1862
Succeeded by
George W. Randolph
Preceded by
Office instituted
Attorney General for the Confederate States
1861
Succeeded by
Thomas Bragg
Political offices
(The Guns of the South)
Preceded by
Robert Hunter
Secretary of State for the Confederate States
1862-18??
Succeeded by
Incumbent at novel's end, 1868
Political offices
(Southern Victory)
Preceded by
Robert Hunter
Secretary of State for the Confederate States
1862-18??
Succeeded by
Unknown, next known is Herbert Walker

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