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Thomas Hart Benton (1782–1858)

Benton, Thomas Hart. An American statesman and author; born near Hillsborough, Orange County, NC, March 14, 1782; died in Washington, DC, April 10, 1858. He practiced law in Nashville, KY, attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the United States army (1810–13), and became a journalist in St. Louis, MO, in 1815. He was elected United States Senator from Missouri in 1820, and continued to hold that office for the next thirty years. His chief publications are: his ‘Thirty Years’ View’ of the workings of the national government (1854–56), and his ‘Abridgment of the Debates of Congress,’ covering the period from the foundation of the government to the year 1850.