Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Waterford "Famous Son"?

Jacob Benton (1814-1892)

Jacob Benton was a Union brigadier general commanding volunteers from New Hampshire. After the war, Benton was twice elected as a representative in the United States Congress, serving from 1867 to 1871.

Lancaster, NH: Photograph - Jacob Benton (1814-1892) born in Waterford, Caledonia County, Vt., August 19, 1814, son of Samuel Slade & Esther (Prouty) Benton; engaged in teaching for several years, studied law, admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice at Lancaster, NH; Republican. Member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1854-56; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1860; U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 3rd District, 1867-71. Died in Lancaster, Coos County, N.H., September 29, 1892. Interment at Summer Street Cemetery, Lancaster, N.H.; was a Union brigadier General commanding volunteers from NH. In 1850 & 1860 Lancaster, Coos Co NH, attorney single; married 12 Dec 1860 in Lancaster, Coos Co NH to Louise/Louisa Dwight. No known children.

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