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Benton, Thomas Hart (Old Bullion)

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Born: 1782 AD
Died: 1858 AD, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Lawyers, Politician

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US lawyer and Democratic politician

 

1782 - Born on the 14th of March in Harts Mill, North Carolina.

 

1799 - Studied law at the University of North Carolina, but left school to manage the family estate.

 

1805 - Continued his legal education and was admitted to the Tennessee bar.

 

1809 - Served a term as state senator.

 

1812 - Jackson made Benton his aide-de-camp, with a commission as a lieutenant colonel.

 

1815 - Moved his estate to the newly-opened Missouri Territory.

 

1821-1851 - Senator from Missouri.

 

1836 - Drafted Specie Circular.

 

1853-1855 - Benton served as Representative from Missouri.

 

1852 - He successfully ran for the United States House of Representatives.

 

1854 - He ran for governor of Missouri, but lost.

 

         - Wrote 2-volume memoir "Thirty Years' View".

 

1858 - Thomas Hart Benton died on 10th of April.

 

Opposed slavery and paper currency.

 

 

 


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