John S. Benham
Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Finding Aid by: Sarah Pfundstein, January, 2013
John Samuel Benham was born in Ripley County, Indiana on October 24, 1863 to John Benham and Mary-Jane Benefiel-Benham. He attended Indiana State Normal School and Indiana University and taught in various teaching positions from 1889-1907. In 1907 he became engaged in the timber milling and contracting business. Benham was twice married, and had three children, Merlin Isaac born 1892 (d. 1893) and John Stanton born 1894 (d. 1896) with Emma and Catherine Frances born 1922 with Bertha.
John Benham was also involved in politics. He was appointed delegate to the Republican national Convention in 1916, and was elected to the Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1919- March 3, 1923) where he served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings. Following a career in politics, he moved to Batesville, and re-involved himself in contracting and became the superintendent of schools for Riley County schools. He retired from active business in 1931 and resided in Batesville until his death on December 11, 1935.
Information Found within Collection
"Congress Biographical Directory." http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp (accessed January 16, 2013).
The collection contains correspondence, pamphlets, a questionnaire about Benham’s family, a photograph with Will H. Mays, an expense sheet, and newspaper clippings about his time in Washington D.C. and local editorials about whether or not to re-elect him.
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Folder 1. John S. Benham
2/12/1920 Letter to constituent
7/13/1922 Letter and envelope from James E. Watson to Benham
11/19/1925 Letter from Fredrick E. Schortemeier to Benham
12/13/1926 Pamphlet and envelope with poem and photograph of Ross Alley
1934 Questionnaire about descendants of James Benham II
n.d. Expense report for General Election
10/10/16 John S. Benham with Will H. Hays
News Clippings (various dates)
Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1916-1934
Provenance: Catherine Benham; 9/27/1965
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