Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858

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Thomas Hart Benton (1782-1858) was a Missouri Democrat who served as a senator from 1821 to 1851. He opposed both abolitionism and the extension of slavery into new territories, but was a staunch advocate of westward expansion of the United States. He died in 1858.

From the guide to the Thomas Hart Benton letter, 1846 May 14, (J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah)

Lawyer; Tennessee state senator, 1809-1811; aide-de-camp to Andrew Jackson; colonel of a regiment of Tennessee volunteers, 1812-1813; lieutenant-colonel, 39th U.S. Infantry, 1813-1815; editor, Missouri Inquirer; Missouri senator, 1821-1851, 1853-1855.

From the description of Letter: St. Louis, Missouri, to E[lias] K[ent] Kane, Kaskaskia, Ill., 18-- June 21. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 27045554

From the description of Letter: [Washington, D.C.?, 1846?]. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 27045556

From the description of Franked envelope: Washington, D.C., to Brantz Mayer, Baltimore, Maryland, [1854] Aug. 30. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 27045561

U.S. senator from Missouri, army officer, and lawyer.

From the description of Thomas Hart Benton papers, 1813-1856. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450634

Thomas Hart Benton was a United States Senator from Missouri.

From the description of Thomas Hart Benton letter, 1851 Sept. 30. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 122608032

American political leader.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : "Senate Chamber," to an unidentified recipient, [1835] Jan. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270133674

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to P.R. Findall, 1847 Nov. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270133503

U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1821-1851.

From the description of Letter : St. Louis, to [Benson John Lossing], 1849 May 6. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 34126203

Benton was an American politician who served as a United States Senator.

From the description of Autograph, ca. 1840. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81238966

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creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Letter: St. Louis, Missouri, to E[lias] K[ent] Kane, Kaskaskia, Ill., 18-- June 21. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
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creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Thomas Hart Benton letter to "Dear Sir" [manuscript], 1848 February 23. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
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creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Letter : St. Louis, to [Benson John Lossing], 1849 May 6. Newberry Library
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creatorOf Thomas Hart Benton letter, 1846 May 14 J. Willard Marriott Library, University of UtahManuscripts Division
creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Franked envelope: Washington, D.C., to Brantz Mayer, Baltimore, Maryland, [1854] Aug. 30. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
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creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Letter : [Washington, D.C.], to unknown person, n.p., [1823-1856?]. Texas Christian University
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creatorOf Casey, Martha De Bow. Collection, 1791-1933. Tennessee State Library & Archives, TSLA
creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Letters, 1829-1830. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Letter, 14 May 1845, to Pres. James K. Polk. Landmarks of Science Microform Service
referencedIn Acquisition of Oregon and the long suppressed evidence about Marcus Whitman. Chicago., 1905 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Thomas Hart Benton correspondence, 1832 and 1856 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Letter regarding Pike Island, 1840 July 10. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
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creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. ALS, 1848 March 28 : Washington, [D.C.], to Messrs. Stubbs, Ennis, Sheaham, etc. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
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creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Thomas Hart Benton letter, 1851 Sept. 30. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Dickinson family library, 1810-1977. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Letter: [Washington, D.C.?, 1846?]. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
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creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Thomas Hart Benton papers, 1813-1856. Library of Congress
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creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Duel between Mr. Clay and Mr. Randolph : manuscript, [after 1826] Harvard University, Houghton Library
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creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858,. Letters of James McDowell and Thomas Hart Benton, 1846, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
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referencedIn Dallas, George Mifflin, 1792-1864. George Mifflin Dallas diary, 1848-1849. Southern Methodist University, DeGolyer Library
creatorOf Ford, James Westhall, 1806-1868. Papers of James Westhall Ford, 1804-1874. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to P.R. Findall, 1847 Nov. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Blair, Francis Preston, 1791-1876. Blair family papers, 1755-1968 (bulk 1829-1892). Library of Congress
creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Note, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Autograph letter signed : "Senate Chamber," to an unidentified recipient, [1835] Jan. 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn William Tell Claude editorials, Claude, William Tell, 1846-1849 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
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referencedIn Childs, George William, 1829-1894. George William Childs papers [manuscript], 1882-1892. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. [Letter], 1857. Indiana State Library - ISL
referencedIn McDowell, James, 1795-1851. James McDowell papers, 1770-1915 (bulk 1820-1850). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Lucius Lyon papers, Lyon, Lucius, papers, 1770-1934, 1833-1851 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Thomas Hart Benton Correspondence, ., 1832 and 1856 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Levi Woodbury Family Papers, 1638-1914, (bulk 1804-1897) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Overton, John, 1766-1833. John Overton papers, 1790-1840 [microfilm manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Papers, 1854-1855. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Lewis Cass papers, Cass, Lewis, papers, 1774-1924 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Letter : [Washington, D.C.], to unknown person, [1823-1856?]. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Rust family. Rust family papers, 1791-2002. Thomas Balch Library
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referencedIn Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908. Papers, 1834-1959 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858,. Papers of the Gooch family 1812-1891 (bulk 1824-1849). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Washington, Peter Grayson, d. 1872. Papers of Peter Grayson Washington, 1846-1870. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf McDowell, James, 1770-1835. Papers of James McDowell [manuscript], 1752-1878. University of Virginia. Library
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Birth 1782-03-14

Death 1858-04-10

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