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.