Benning, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1814-1875

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Henry Lewis Benning was born in Columbia County, Georgia, the son of Pleasant Moon Benning and Malinda Meriwether White, planters. In 1834 he graduated with honors from the University of Georgia, Athens. Soon afterward he moved to Columbus, where he was admitted to the bar. Barely two years after entering upon his profession, Benning was appointed solicitor general for his judicial circuit. in 1839 he married Mary Howard Jones, daughter of a prominent Columbus attorney with whom Benning formed a partnership. They had ten children. A slavery and states' rights advocate in the mold of John C. Calhoun, Benning was an avid secessionist more than a decade before the Civil War began. In 1850 he called on Georgia to leave the Union and join a southern republic whose government would be controlled by deep south politicians. Despite Benning's efforts, Georgia repudiated secession and the following year rejected his congressional bid as a southern rights Democrat. National Biography Online http://www.anb.org (Retrived April 28, 2009)

From the description of Henry L. Benning letter, 1858. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 422641326

Confederate Army officer, having served as colonel with the 17th Georgia Volunteers and after as brigadier general of the 15th, 20th, and 2nd Georgia regiments (Toombs' Brigade), 1st Division, Army of Northern Virginia.

From the description of Henry L. Benning, papers, 1818-1897 (bulk 1862-1863). WorldCat record id: 25754108

From the guide to the Henry L. Benning Papers, 1818-1897, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

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referencedIn Alexander, P. W. P.W. Alexander letter to Henry L. Benning, 1872 July 7. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Confederate States of America collection, 1861-1865 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Lovett, Robert Watkins, 1818-1912. Robert Watkins Lovett papers, 1787-1916. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
creatorOf Benning, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1814-1875. Henry L. Benning letter, 1858. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
creatorOf Jones, Seaborn, 1788-1864. Seaborn Jones and Henry L. Benning papers, [ca. 1795-1907]. Columbus State University, Simon Schwob Memorial Library
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part II: The Civil War and the Confederacy, 1832-1915. Houghton Library
creatorOf Benning, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1814-1875. Henry L. Benning, papers, 1818-1897 (bulk 1862-1863). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Confederate States of America. Confederate States of America collection, 1861-1865. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Henry L. Benning Papers, 1818-1897 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Rhett, Robert Barnwell, 1800-1876. Robert Barnwell Rhett papers, 1752-1953. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Spencer, Samuel, 1847-1906. Samuel Spencer papers, 1854-1918 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Confederate States of America. Confederate States of America collection, 1861-1865. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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associatedWith Alexander, Edward Porter, 1835-1910. person
correspondedWith Alexander, P. W. person
associatedWith Confederate States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Confederate States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Confederate States of America. corporateBody
correspondedWith Confederate States of America. Army corporateBody
associatedWith Cook, Elijah, fl. 1834. person
associatedWith Cooper, Samuel, 1798-1876. person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
correspondedWith Georgia. Supreme Court corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, Seaborn, 1788-1864. person
associatedWith Lovett, Robert Watkins, 1818-1912. person
associatedWith McCauley, Henry Clay. person
associatedWith Rhett, Robert Barnwell, 1800-1876. person
associatedWith Robertson, Jerome Bonaparte, 1815-1890. person
associatedWith Seddon, James A. (James Alexander), 1815-1880. person
associatedWith Shepherd, W. S. person
associatedWith Spencer, Samuel, 1847-1906. person
associatedWith Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885. person
associatedWith Vance, Zebulon Baird, 1830-1894. person
associatedWith Walker, Mary V., fl. 1834. person
associatedWith Whitford, John D. (John Dalton), 1825-1910. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Georgia
Georgia
Harris County (Ga.)
Raleigh (N.C.)
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Slavery--Law and legislation
Marriage settlements--History--19th century
Judges--Correspondence
Slavery
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Birth 1814-04-02

Death 1875-07-10

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