Benton, Thomas Hart

Born: Mar 14, 1782 AD
Died: 1858 AD, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Lawyers, Politician

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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