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David Levy Yulee was a prominent U.S. statesman and businessman from the 19th century. He is an important figure for serving as the first U.S. Senator of Jewish heritage. He is also nicknamed the "Father of Florida Railroads," as he organized and led The Florida Railroad Company. Levy Yulee is also credited with being an instrumental actor in attaining statehood for Florida. Furthermore, he played a pivotal role in the South's secession from the Union during the Civil War as he was an unwavering supporter of John C. Calhoun and a major advocate for states' rights. Yulee's political and business career is made all the more impressive by the fact that he was Jewish in a time featuring rarely any prominent American Jews. Yulee became a symbol of prosperity and success, even amidst hatred and anti-Semitism.
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