David L. Yulee

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(12 June, 1810 -- 10 October, 1886) Yulee was an American lawyer and politician. Born 'David Levy' in St. Thomas, West Indies, Yulee immigrated to Norfolk, Va. and studied law in St. Augustine, Fla. After being admitted to the bar in 1836, Yulee served as Clerk to the Territorial Legislature in 1841. Yulee was elected as a Whig-Democrat, a Territorial delegate to the Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congress from March 4th, 1841 to March 3rd, 1845. Upon the admission of Florida as a State into the Union, Yulee was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from July 1st, 1845 to March 3rd, 1851. Finally, after changing his name to David Levy Yulee in 1846 Yulee was again elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4th, 1855 to January 21st, 1861. After he withdrew, Yulee was a prisoner at Fort Pulaski in 1865. Yulee subsequently worked as the president of the Florida Railway Company, the Fernandina and Jacksonville Railroad Company until he moved to Washington D.C. in 1880. Yulee died in New York City in 1886.

Member of Florida Delegation—The Road to Civil War.

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