Laura Benjamin Miller collection on Judah P. Benjamin
The collection consists of a Confederate States of America two-dollar bill featuring an image of Benjamin, a Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial brochure, and a digital copy of a letter from Benjamin (as the Confederate States Secretary of State) to Daniel Printup, Esq. of Rome, Georgia, requesting assistance in mustering soldiers for the 55th regiment of the Confederate States Army.
- 1862, 1983
- Miller, Laura Benjamin (Collector, Person)
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Materials in English
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Judah P. Benjamin (1811-1884), US senator, Confederate statesman, and sugar planter, was born in the British-occupied Danish West Indies (modern-day Virgin Islands). The Benjamin family immigrated to the United States shortly after Benjamin's birth and resided in North and South Carolina. Benjamin's father was a founding member of Charleston, South Carolina's Reformed Society of Israelites, the first effort to reform Judaism in the United States.
Judah Benjamin moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1832, where he entered private practice as a commercial lawyer and established a sugar plantation. After serving in the Louisiana state legislature for ten years, Benjamin was elected to the US senate, becoming the second Jewish senator in US history.
After Louisiana seceded from the Union in 1881, Benjamin was elected Attorney General of the Confederacy. Soon afterwards he assumed the positions of Secretary of War (September 1861-March 1862) and Secretary of State (March 1862-May 1865). Benjamin relocated to England after the war, and later moved to France, where he died in 1884.
1 folder (3 items)
The collection consists of a Confederate States of America two-dollar bill, a Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial brochure, and a digital copy of a letter from Judah Benjamin (as the Confederate States Secretary of State) to Daniel Printup, Esq. of Rome, Georgia, requesting assistance in mustering soldiers for the 55th regiment of the Confederate States Army.
Materials are described at the item level.
Materials donated in 2008 by Laura Benjamin Miller.
Alternate Form of Materials
Digital reproduction of the letter from Benjamin to Daniel S. Printup, Esq. is available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.
Processed by Sarah Dorpinghaus, March 2011.
- Inventory of the Laura Benjamin Miller Collection on Judah P. Benjamin, 1862, 1983
- Processed by: Sarah Dorpinghaus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Sarah Dorpinghaus
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