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Lawyer Politicians in the Virgin Islands

  Judah Philip Benjamin (1811-1884) — also known as Judah P. Benjamin; Philippe Benjamin; "Poo Bah of the Confederacy" — of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La.; London, England; Paris, France. Born in Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, August 6, 1811. Lawyer; member of Louisiana state house of representatives, 1842-44; delegate to Louisiana state constitutional convention, 1845; Presidential Elector for Louisiana, 1848; U.S. Senator from Louisiana, 1853-61; Confederate Attorney General, 1861; Confederate Secretary of War, 1861-62; Confederate Secretary of State, 1862-65. Jewish. He fled to Europe in 1865 to avoid arrest by Union forces; he was suspected of involvement in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Fell from a tram car about 1880, and suffered multiple injuries; also developed kidney and heart problems, and died in Paris, France, May 6, 1884 (age 72 years, 274 days). Interment at Père la Chaise Cemetery, Paris, France.
  Relatives: Son of Philip Benjamin and Rebecca (de Mendes) Benjamin; married 1833 to Natalie St. Martin; cousin *** of Henry Michael Hyams (1806-1875).
  Coins and currency: His portrait appeared on the Confederate States $2 note in 1861-64.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Books about Judah P. Benjamin: Robert Douthat Meade, Judah P. Benjamin: Confederate Statesman — Eli N. Evans, Judah P. Benjamin : The Jewish Confederate
  Raymond Elliot Buck (1894-1971) — also known as Raymond E. Buck — of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Tex. Born in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Tex., July 13, 1894. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; insurance executive; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1944 (alternate), 1956, 1960, 1964. Member, American Bar Association. Died March 27, 1971 (age 76 years, 257 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Tex.
  Douglas Eugene Canton, Jr. (b. 1956) — also known as Douglas E. Canton, Jr. — of Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Born in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, September 12, 1956. Democrat. Lawyer; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virgin Islands, 2000; member of Virgin Islands legislature from St. Croix, 2001-. African ancestry. Still living as of 2003.
  Sebastiano Paiewonsky Cassinelli — of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virgin Islands, 2008 (member, Rules Committee). Jewish. Italian and Lithuanian ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Relatives: Son of Avna (Paiewonsky) Cassinelli; nephew of Michael Albert Paiewonsky; grandnephew of Ralph Moses Paiewonsky (1907-1991); great-grandson of Isaac Paiewonsky.
  Political family: Paiewonsky family of New York.
  Alexander Anthony Farrelly (1923-2002) — also known as Alexander A. Farrelly — of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Born December 29, 1923. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Virgin Islands legislature, 1967-70; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virgin Islands, 1980, 1996, 2000; Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands, 1987-95. Died September 10, 2002 (age 78 years, 255 days). Burial location unknown.
  Cross-reference: John de Jongh
  See also Wikipedia article
  Victor O. Frazer (b. 1943) — Born in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, May 24, 1943. Lawyer; Delegate to U.S. Congress from the Virgin Islands, 1995-97; defeated (Independent), 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000. Still living as of 2000.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Walter A. Gordon (1894-1976) — Born in Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., 1894. Athletic coach; police officer; lawyer; Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands, 1955-58; U.S. District Judge for Virgin Islands, 1958-68. African ancestry. Member, Alpha Phi Alpha; NAACP. Died in Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., April 1, 1976 (age about 81 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Henry B. Gordon.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Charles A. Harwood (1880-1950) — of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y.; Harrison, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., 1880. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from Kings County 10th District, 1910; U.S. District Judge for Canal Zone, 1937-38; Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands, 1941-46. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Phi Beta Kappa; Delta Kappa Epsilon; Freemasons; Shriners. Died, from a cerebral hemorrhage, in Harrison, Westchester County, N.Y., October 23, 1950 (age about 70 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Israel Harwood and Johanna Harwood; married 1915 to Alma H. Hendricks.
  See also Wikipedia article
  William Henry Hastie (1904-1976) — also known as William H. Hastie — of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa. Born in Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn., November 17, 1904. Lawyer; law professor; U.S. District Judge for Virgin Islands, 1937-39; dean, Howard University law school, 1939-46; Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands, 1946-49; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, 1949-71; took senior status 1971. African ancestry. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Omega Psi Phi; Freemasons; American Civil Liberties Union; Americans for Democratic Action. Received Spingarn Medal in 1943. Died, at Suburban General Hospital, East Norriton, Montgomery County, Pa., April 14, 1976 (age 71 years, 149 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Henry Hastie and Roberta (Child) Hastie; married, December 25, 1943, to Beryl Lockhart.
  See also Wikipedia article
  George Henry Hodge, Jr. (b. 1951) — also known as George Hodge, Jr. — Born in Savan, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, July 26, 1951. Legal assistant to Delegate Melvin Evans; lawyer; Independent candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virgin Islands, 2002. African ancestry. Still living as of 2002.
  John David Merwin (1921-2013) — also known as John D. Merwin — Born in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, September 26, 1921. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; member of Virgin Islands legislature, 1955-57; resigned 1957; secretary of the U.S. Virgin Islands, 1957-58; Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands, 1958-61. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons. Died March 17, 2013 (age 91 years, 172 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Miles Merwin and Marguerite L. (Fleming) Merwin; married to Dadja Childs.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Ronald E. Russell (b. 1954) — also known as Ronnie Russell — of Frederiksted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Born in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, June 10, 1954. Democrat. School teacher; musician; lawyer; member of Virgin Islands legislature from St. Croix, 2003-; defeated, 2000. Still living as of 2003.
  Thomas Webber Wilson (1893-1948) — also known as T. Webber Wilson — of Laurel, Jones County, Miss. Born in Coldwater, Tate County, Miss., January 24, 1893. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Mississippi 6th District, 1923-29; U.S. District Judge for Virgin Islands, 1933-35. Presbyterian. Member, Kappa Alpha Order; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Odd Fellows; Elks; Woodmen. Died in 1948 (age about 55 years). Interment at Magnolia Cemetery, Coldwater, Miss.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph James Wilson (M.D.) and Lucy (Yancey) Wilson.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  David Levy Yulee (1810-1886) — also known as David Levy; "Father of Florida's Railroads" — of St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Fla.; Homosassa, Citrus County, Fla. Born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, June 12, 1810. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Florida state constitutional convention from St. Johns County, 1838-39; Delegate to U.S. Congress from Florida Territory, 1841-45; U.S. Senator from Florida, 1845-51, 1855-61. Jewish. Imprisoned as a Confederate at Fort Pulaski, Fla. for a time after the Civil War. Died in New York, New York County, N.Y., October 10, 1886 (age 76 years, 120 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son-in-law of Charles Anderson Wickliffe (1788-1869).
  Political family: Wickliffe-Holt family of Louisville, Kentucky.
  Levy County, Fla. is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
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