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Yulee, David Levylocked

(12 June 1810–10 October 1886)
  • Patrick G. Williams

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Yulee, David Levy (12 June 1810–10 October 1886), politician and businessman, was born David Levy on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, the son of Moses Elias Levy, a timber dealer and merchant, and Hannah Abendanone. The young Levy studied at the Norfolk Academy in Virginia but was forced in 1827 to move to Florida, where his father had acquired large tracts of land in hopes of founding an agricultural colony for European Jews. The elder Levy had decided his children should support themselves, a condition apparently met by his son’s taking up residence on a plantation the father owned in Micanopy. David Levy subsequently read law in St. Augustine and, after being admitted to the bar in 1832, practiced there for several years....

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