The Road to Civil War

Benjamin Stanton

(June 4, 1809 — June 2, 1872) Benjamin Stanton, a Representative from Ohio; born in Mount Pleasant, Jefferson County, Ohio, June 4, 1809; pursued academic studies; learned the tailor's trade; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1834 and commenced practice in Bellefontaine, Ohio; member of the state senate in 1841 and 1843; delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1850; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1861); chairman, Committee on Military Affairs (Thirty-sixth Congress); lieutenant governor of Ohio in 1862; moved to Martinsburg, W.Va., in 1865, and practiced law; moved to Wheeling, W.Va., in 1867 and continued the practice of law; died in Wheeling, W.Va., June 2, 1872; interment in Greenwood Cemetery. [Source: “Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present,” available at]

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