Bob Dill, founder and publisher of The Times Examiner, received the Judah P. Benjamin award No. 406 from Winnie Davis Chapter No. 442, United Daughters of the Confederacy. The award was presented by Mrs. Dona Morgan, President of Winnie Davis No. 442, UDC in Greenville at a joint meeting of the Winnie Davis Chapter and the Greenville 16th Regiment SCV Camp 36.

The Award and Certificate presented to Dill recognizes outstanding endeavors characterized by the publishing of feature articles that honor the South and the Confederacy.

Martha Rogers Van Schaick, President General, UDC and Jeanell R. Kutterer, General Chairman, Judah P. Benjamin Committee signed the award certificate.

The objectives of the United Daughters of the Confederacy are Historical, Educational, Benevolent, Memorial and Patriotic. In keeping with these objectives, this award is given in memory of the contributions of the great Confederate statesman Judah P. Benjamin and to honor individuals for their outstanding civic, educational, environmental, humanitarian, or patriotic endeavors and achievements, not necessarily related to the Confederacy. By recognizing worthy men and women, the organization exhibits love of country and commitment to help make our nation great.

This award was presented to Mr. Dill for his significant contributions to the United States of America. Mr. Dill has made significant contributions to the true Cause of the South with his honest and favorable reporting of the activities of the many local heritage organizations. His work is recognized and sincerely appreciated by the members of these organizations. He also reports fairly on the political situation locally and nationally. The award is well-deserved.

Judah Philip Benjamin was born in Christianstead, Virgin Islands, August 6, 1811,to English-Jewish parents. He was considered to be the most brilliant member of President Jefferson Davis’ cabinet. By 1840, he was a successful attorney. Elected to the U. S. Senate from Louisiana in 1852, he soon gained a reputation as an eloquent and persuasive speaker. In early February 1861, he resigned his seat in the Senate and later that month accepted an appointment as Attorney General by President Davis.

On September 17, 1861, he replaced Leroy Pope Walker as Secretary of War. In March 1862, George W. Randolph replaced Benjamin as Secretary of War. President Davis then appointed him Secretary of State.

Following the war, he went to London and became a barrister in 1866. He quickly rose to Queen’s Counsel of Lancashire County, and became very successful. He retired in 1883. Though brilliant, he never allowed his quick grasp of ideas or affairs to substitute for a solid background of facts. In retrospect, President Davis called him “a master of law, and the most accomplished statesman I have ever known.” Judah P. Benjamin died on May 6, 1884, in Paris, France.

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