Bristow, Benjamin Helm, 1832-1896

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Dates:
Birth 1832-06-20
Death 1896-06-22

Biographical notes:

Lawyer, railroad entrepreneur, Secretary of the Treasury, and Republican politician.

From the description of Benjamin Helm Bristow [microform] : papers, selections from Library of Congress. (Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center). WorldCat record id: 62534698

From the description of Benjamin Helm Bristow : miscellaneous papers, 1832-1896. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 46737472

Army officer, lawyer, and U.S. secretary of the treasury and solicitor general.

From the description of Benjamin Helm Bristow papers, 1839-1932 (bulk 1874-1896). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81993480

American lawyer; Secretary of Treasury.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Louisville, KY, to the President, 1874 Feb. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270133475

Lawyer and statesman, U.S. attorney for the Kentucky district 1866-1870; later served as Secretary of the Treasury under President Grant.

From the description of Letter : to E.R. Hoor, 1869 July 26. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 173203793

Biographical Note

  • 1832: Born, Elkton, Ky.
  • 1851: Graduated, Jefferson College, Washington, Pa.
  • 1853: Admitted to Kentucky bar after studying law with his father, Francis Bristow, congressman from Kentucky.
  • 1861 - 1865 : Officer in Kentucky infantry and Kentucky calvary; wounded at the Battle of Shiloh (1863) and assisted in the capture of John Hunt Morgan during his raid through Indiana and Ohio (July 1863)
  • 1863 - 1865 : Kentucky state senator
  • 1865 - 1866 : Assistant United States attorney
  • 1866 - 1870 : United States district attorney for Louisville, Ky., district
  • 1870 - 1872 : First solicitor general of the United States
  • 1874 - 1876 : Secretary of the treasury Reorganized Treasury Department and successfully prosecuted the ?Whiskey Ring? accused of defrauding the federal government of tax revenue
  • 1876: Candidate for Republican Party nomination for president
  • 1878: Began law practice in New York
  • 1896, June 22: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Benjamin Helm Bristow Papers, 1839-1932, (bulk 1874-1896), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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