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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