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Local historical society hosting program Sunday afternoon

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Judah P. Benjamin (Photo Credit Unknown)

Judah P. Benjamin (Photo Credit Unknown)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County Historical Society will present a program on Judah P. Benjamin, “A Confederate Genius” at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg on Sunday, June 14 at 2 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome.

The speaker is Tullahoma historian Milan Hill. Hill retired from the Tullahoma school system after teaching more than 30 years. He has a degree in history from Middle Tennessee State University and is a member of the Dr. J. B. Cowan Camp 155 Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Judah Philip Benjamin was a lawyer and politician who was a United States Senator from Louisiana, a Cabinet officer of the Confederate States. Benjamin was the first person professing the Jewish faith to be elected to the United States Senate and the first to hold a cabinet position in North America.

His family first emigrated to North Carolina and then to Charleston, S.C.

Benjamin attended Yale, and after departing without graduating, moved to New Orleans, where he read law and passed the bar. Confederate President Jefferson Davis first appointed him Attorney General then Davis later appointed him Secretary of War.

He was next promoted to the Confederate State Department in March 1862.

As Secretary of State, Benjamin attempted to gain recognition of the Confederacy by France and the United Kingdom; his efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. When Davis fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., in early 1865, Benjamin went with him, but Benjamin made his way to Britain, and became a lawyer, again rising to the top of his profession before retiring in 1883. He died in Paris the following year.

For further information about Sunday’s program, contact Betty Robertson at (931) 759-7763 or email her at <grannyjorobertson@gmail.com>, or contact George Stone at <georgestone@cafes.net> or by phone at (931) 581-2621.

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