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The 19th Century

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Judah P. Benjamin
Benjamin (above) was the highest ranking Yale graduate in the Confederate Government. Because of his exceptional skills as a lawyer, Jefferson Davis appointed Benjamin as Attorney General, and later Secretary of War. After the war he fled to London and distinguished himself as a lawyer through his litigation and his classic book, Treatise on the Law of Sale of Personal Property (1868). He is pictured below on the Confederate two-dollar note.

Judah P. Benjamin (1811-1884) b. in St. Thomas, British West Indies, Class of 1828.