The object of this volume is to call attention to the genius and character of the distinguished Southern Senators of antebellum days. A conspicuous place is assigned to Judah P. Benjamin, who intellectually was a towering figure among the senatorial ...
leaders who figured in the old Senate Chamber on the eve of the Civil War. A sketch of his eventful and stormy life aims to emphasize the distinction he achieved in the United States and England in the field of law. Picture the life of the man who, in every sphere in which he figured, shed luster as a statesman, diplomat, writer and citizen. His farewell speech was delivered in the Senate February 5, 1861. Brief sketches are presented of the brilliant Senators John C. Breckinridge, who graced the Vice-President's chair, and of the brave and accomplished Baker, of Oregon, who early won his spurs as a matchless orator and whose noble and heroic death at Ball's Bluff touched a sympathetic cord in the hearts of his countrymen.
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Date of publication: 04/01/2011
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