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David Levy Yulee

Born: Jun 12, 1810

Death: Oct 10, 1886

Birthplace: Charlotte Amalie

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

David Levy Yulee

Date of Birth : Jun 12, 1810
Date of Death : Oct 10, 1886
Birth Place : Charlotte Amalie

David Levy Yulee was an American politician and attorney of Jewish Moroccan origins from Florida, a territorial delegate to Congress, the first Jewish member of the United States Senate and a member of the Confederate Congress during the American Civil War. He founded the Florida Railroad Company and served as president of several other companies, earning the nickname of "Father of Florida Railroads." In 2000 he was recognized as that year's "Great Floridian" by the state. Levy added Yulee to his name, the name of one of his Moroccan ancestors, soon after his 1846 marriage to the daughter of ex-Governor Charles A. Wickliffe of Kentucky. Though Yulee became Christian and raised his children as Christians, he was subject to antisemitism throughout his career. Yulee supported slavery and secession. He was imprisoned for nine months after the war as a prisoner of state at Fort Pulaski before being pardoned. He then returned to railroad building.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician


  • Moses Elias Levy


  • Nannie Wickliffe
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