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Benjamin Joseph Franklin

Born on 1839, died in 1898.
State: Missouri.
Party: Republican.
Member: Representative.

  • A Representative from Missouri.
  • Born in Maysville, Mason County, Ky., in March 1839.
  • Attended private schools, and Bethany College, Bethany, Va. (now West Virginia), 1849-1851.
  • Taught school.
  • Studied law.
  • Was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Leavenworth, Kans.
  • Elected to the State senate of Kansas in 1861, but due to the outbreak of the Civil War never served.
  • Entered the Confederate Army as a private.
  • Was promoted to the rank of captain and served throughout the Civil War.
  • Moved to Columbia, Mo., and engaged in agricultural pursuits.
  • Moved to Kansas City, Mo., in 1868 and resumed the practice of law.
  • Prosecuting attorney for Jackson County, Mo., 1871-1875.
  • Elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1879).
  • Chairman, Committee on Territories (Forty-fifth Congress).
  • Was a candidate for renomination, but withdrew.
  • Again engaged in the practice of law in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Appointed United States consul at Hankow, China, in 1885.
  • Returned to the United States in 1890 and settled in Phoenix, Ariz., and engaged in the practice of law.
  • Appointed Governor of the Territory of Arizona and served from April 18, 1896, to July 29, 1897.
  • Died in Phoenix, Ariz., May 18, 1898.

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