Judah P. Benjamin, ‘the Confederate Kissinger,’ featured in Louisiana State Archives exhibit

Judah P. Benjamin was known as “the brains of the Confederacy,” its “court Jew,” “the statesman of the Lost Cause,” and even “the Confederate Kissinger.”

As, successively, attorney general, secretary of war and secretary of state in the Confederate Cabinet, he was President Jefferson Davis’ closest and most trusted adviser.

He has been called the most important Jew in American public life in the 19th century: the first acknowledged Jew to serve in the U.S. Senate and the first Jew to be offered a seat on the Supreme Court, an offer tendered by President Millard Fillmore, and declined by Benjamin.

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