Judah Philip Benjamin (August 11, 1811 – May 6, 1884) was a prominent American politician, and lawyer, who served as a representative in the Louisiana state legislature, as United States Senator for Louisiana, in several Cabinet posts in the government of the Confederate States of America, and as a distinguished barrister and Queen's Counsel in Britain. He was the second Jew to serve as a U.S. Senator, and the first in the Cabinet of a North American government (although an unrecognized one).
Judah Benjamin served as Jefferson Davis' Secretary of State and as one of the Confederacy's representatives to the peace conference that resulted in the end of the Second American Revolution and the recognition of the CS. He was a particularly shrewd man, and was one of the few Confederate leaders privy to the truth about the Rivington Men. For these reasons, Lee asked Benjamin to continue in the position of Secretary of State when Lee was elected.
Benjamin was wounded during the Rivington Men's attack on Robert E. Lee's inauguration as president. The bullet passed through his calf, but did not damage the bone.
During the closing days of the Second Mexican War, Benjamin became aware that Senator Wade Hampton III was attempting to recruit support for a coup should Longstreet go through with his plans to end slavery. He also knew that Hampton had unsuccessfully attempted to recruit Thomas Jackson, a fact which surprised Jackson.
Later generations of Confederates revered Benjamin as a founding father.