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Thomas Hart Benton
Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Finding Aid by: Sarah Pfundstein, January 2013
Thomas Hart Benton was born March 14, 1782 at Harts Mill near Hillsborough, North Carolina. Benton attended Chapel Hill College (University of North Carolina). In 1806, he was admitted to the bar at Nashville, TN. Benton served as aide de camp to General Andrew Jackson and became the colonel of a regiment of Tennessee Volunteers from 1812-1813. He moved to St. Louis in the new Missouri Territory where he became the editor of the Missouri Inquirer and continued to practice law. After Missouri became a state he was elected Senator in 1821 and served five terms in office. In 1856, he was defeated in a run for Governor of Missouri. He spent the rest of his life engaged in literary pursuits. He died April 10, 1858. Thomas Benton was interred at Bellefontaine Cemetery, in St. Louis, Mo.
Information Found within Collection
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov (accessed January 22, 2013).
The collection contains a letter from Thomas Hart Benton to a William Brown about a speaking engagement and he may not be able to speak on the day proposed due to the pressure of his current schedule and his work on abridging the Debates of Congress.
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Folder and Item Listing:
Folder 1. Thomas Hart Benton
2-4-1857 Letter from Thomas Hart Benton to William Brown
1858 Thomas Hart Benton Obituary
Size of Collection: 1 Folder
Collection Dates: 1857-1858
Provenance: Taken from library scrapbook (accession no. 42899) 9-27-1932
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English