Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857

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Jurist, lawyer, and U.S. senator of Ohio.

From the description of Papers of Benjamin Tappan, 1799-1852. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71068238

American Senator, lawyer and anti-slavery leader.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, D.C., to William Cullen Bryant, 1839 Dec. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270579143

Jurist and U.S. senator from Ohio.

From the description of Benjamin Tappan papers, 1795-1900 (bulk 1795-1866). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71061671

Biographical Note

  • 1773, May 23: Born, Northampton, Mass.
  • circa 1779 - 1799 : Educated in public schools Apprenticed to a copperplate printer and engraver Made a voyage to the West Indies Studied portrait painting briefly under Gilbert Stuart Studied law under Gideon Granger Admitted to the bar at Hartford, Conn.
  • 1799: Became first settler of what is now Portage County, Ohio
  • 1801: Married Nancy Wright (died 1822) Settled in Ravenna, Ohio
  • 1803 - 1805 : Member, Ohio state senate
  • 1809: Moved to Steubenville, Ohio, where he continued to practice law
  • 1812: Aide-de-camp to Major General Elijah Wadsworth during the War of 1812
  • 1816 - 1823 : Presided as judge, Fifth Circuit Court of Common Pleas
  • 1823: Returned to private law practice Married Betsy Ford Frazer (died 1840)
  • circa 1823: Appointed as member, Ohio Canal Commission
  • 1826 - 1833 : Served as federal district judge
  • 1831: Published Cases Decided in the Courts of Common Pleas, in the Fifth Circuit of. . . . Ohio. Steubenville: Printed by J. Wilson (previously printed in parts, 1818-1819)
  • 1832: Democratic presidential elector supporting Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren
  • 1839 - 1845 : Member, U.S. Senate from Ohio
  • 1856: Supported John C. Frémont for president
  • 1857, Apr. 20: Died, Steubenville, Ohio

From the guide to the Benjamin Tappan Papers, 1795-1900, (bulk 1795-1866), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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creatorOf Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Papers of Benjamin Tappan, 1799-1852. Library of Congress
referencedIn Edwin McMasters Stanton Papers, 1818-1921, (bulk 1862-1870) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Letter, 1838 Oct. 25. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Autograph letter signed : Washington, D.C., to William Cullen Bryant, 1839 Dec. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Benjamin Tappan letter [manuscript], 1846 April 18. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Williams, Micajah Terrell, 1792-1844. Papers, 1741,1802-1906. Library of Congress
creatorOf Morton, Marcus, 1784-1864. Letterbooks, 1845-1864. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Benajah Ticknor papers, 1818-1852 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Silliman family. Silliman family papers, 1717-1977 (inclusive), 1717-1911 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Wadsworth, Elijah, 1747-1817. Elijah Wadsworth family papers, 1792-1868 [microform]. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863. Papers, 1783-1863 / Elisha Whittlesey. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Cheever-Wheeler family. Papers, 1773-1979. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Ticknor, Benajah, 1788-1858. Benajah Ticknor papers, 1818-1852 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Atwater, Amzi, 1776-1850. Manuscripts relating to the early history of the Connecticut Western Reserve, 1795-1869. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Wadsworth, Elijah, 1747-1817. Family papers, 1792-1868. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Gallison, John, 1788-1820. Diaries, 1807-1820. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Benjamin Tappan Papers, 1795-1900, (bulk 1795-1866) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Correspondence and miscellaneous papers [microform], 1801-1845. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863. Papers, 1811-1863. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869. Edwin McMasters Stanton papers, 1818-1921 (bulk 1862-1870). Library of Congress
referencedIn Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873. Lewis Tappan papers, 1809-1903 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Silliman family papers, 1717-1977, 1717-1911 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Silliman family. Silliman family papers, 1717-1977 (inclusive), 1717-1911 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Lewis Tappan Papers, 1809-1903, (bulk 1809-1872) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Papers 1795-1857. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Brown, Ethan Allen, 1776-1852. Papers. Library of Congress
referencedIn Atwater, Amzi, 1776-1850. Manuscripts relating to the early history of the Connecticut Western Reserve, 1795-1869 [microform]. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Ticknor, Benajah, 1788-1858. Benajah Ticknor papers, 1818-1852. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Goodman, Alfred Thomas, 1845-1871. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Kelley, Alfred, 1789-1859. Letters, 1828-1835. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Ticknor, Benajah, 1788-1858. Benajah Ticknor papers, 1818-1852 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Thurman, Allen Granbery, 1813-1895. Papers 1833-1890. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Benjamin Tappan papers, 1795-1900 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Samuel George Morton Papers, 1819-1850 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn War of 1812 mss., 1776-1879 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Papers 1808-1847 Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Tappan, Benjamin, 1773-1857. Benjamin Tappan papers, 1795-1900 (bulk 1795-1866). Library of Congress
creatorOf Pillsbury, Isaac Newton. Papers, 1840-1861 / Isaac Newton Pillsbury. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Christopher Gore collection, 1809. Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center
referencedIn Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873. Lewis Tappan papers, 1809-1903 (bulk 1809-1872). Library of Congress
referencedIn Benajah Ticknor papers, 1818-1852 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Mason, Jeremiah, 1768-1848. Jeremiah Mason papers, 1798-1844 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Morton, Samuel George, 1799-1851. Papers, 1819-1850. American Philosophical Society Library
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Birth 1773-05-25

Death 1857-04-20

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