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YULEE, David Levy, senator, born in the West Indies in 1811; died in New York city, 10 October, 1886. His father, whose name was Levy, was of Hebrew extraction. The son removed with him to Virginia when quite young, and there received the rudiments of a classical education. In 1824 he went to Florida, studied law, and engaged in planting. He was elected a delegate to congress from that territory, and served from 31 March, 1841, till 3 March, 1845, under the name of David Levy, but afterward changed it to David Levy Yulee, under which designation he was subsequently known. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention, was elected a United States senator from Florida as a Democrat, serving from 1 December, 1845, till 3 March, 1851, and was again in the senate from 3 December, 1855, till 21 January, 1861, when he retired to join the southern Confederacy. During the civil war he served as a member of the Confederate congress, and at its termination was confined as a prisoner of state at Fort Pulaski until he was pardoned. At one time he was president of the Atlantic and Gulf railroad in Florida. Mr. Yulee was interested in the development of Fernandina and Cedar Keys, and was one of the corporators of the railroad between those two places.
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