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Judah Philip Benjamin (August 6, 1811 – May 6, 1884) was an American politician, lawyer, 3rd President of the Confederate States, and the first Jewish President. He was born a British subject in the West Indies, became a citizen of the United States and then the Confederate States.
During his career in U.S. politics, Benjamin was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and a U.S. Senator from Louisiana; he was the second Jewish senator in U.S. history. Following the formation of the Confederate States of America, he held three different Cabinet posts in the government of Jefferson. He was the first Jewish Cabinet-member in a North American government.