French, Benjamin B. (Benjamin Brown), 1800-1870

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Benjamin Brown French was assistant clerk in the United States House of Representatives from 1826 to 1845 when he was promoted to Clerk during the 29th Congress. He subsequently served as U.S. Commissioner of Public Buildings. His interests included poetry and he was an enthusiastic Freemason. Henry Flagg French was an attorney in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He was a county solicitor from 1838 to 1848, and a bank commissioner from 1848 to 1852. He served as a justice of the Court of Common Pleas in New Hampshire from 1855 to 1859, an assistant district attorney in Massachusetts from 1892 to 1865, and served as an assistant Secretary of the Treasury in Washington from 1876 to 1885.

From the description of Correspondence, 1826-1870 : with Henry F. French. (Dartmouth College Library). WorldCat record id: 37114813

Benjamin B. French was the Commissioner of Public Buildings. B. Oertly was Acting Assistant Architect in the Treasury Department.

From the description of Letter : Washington, D.C., to B. Oertly, Washington, D.C., 1865 Nov. 17. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 52249303

From the description of Letter : Washington, D.C., to B. Oertly, Washington, D.C., 1865 Nov. 17. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 78505242

Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, New Hampshire politician, and commissioner of public buildings in Washington, D.C. Other individuals represented include Benjamin's son Francis Ormond French, financier; Amos Tuck, U.S. representative from N.H., whose daughter Ellen married Francis O. French in 1861; and William Merchant Richardson, chief justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court and father of Benjamin B. French's first wife.

From the description of Benjamin B. French family papers, 1778-1940 (bulk 1813-1893). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981673

Author, U.S. Commissioner of Public Buildings.

From the description of Letter : U.S. House of Representatives, to Dear Sir, 1845 May 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 22334448

American lawyer.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : Washington, D.C., to President Lincoln, 1861 Mar. 6 and 1861 Mar. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270752189

Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, politician, and commissioner of public buildings.

From the description of Altar of liberty, 1835. (Historical Society of Washington, Dc). WorldCat record id: 70957848

Biographical Notes

Benjamin B. French

  • 1800, Sept. 4: Born, Chester, N.H.
  • 1825: Married Elizabeth Richardson (died 1861)
  • 1828 - 1830 : Assistant clerk, New Hampshire state senate
  • 1831 - 1833 : Representative, New Hampshire legislature
  • 1833: Accepted appointment in clerk's department of the United States House of Representatives
  • 1845 - 1847 : Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
  • 1847 - 1850 : President, Magnetic Telegraph Co.
  • 1853: Appointed commissioner of public buildings by President Franklin Pierce (resigned 1855)
  • 1857: President, Republican Association of Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • 1859 - 1865 : Grand master of Templars of the United States
  • 1861: Chief marshal of District of Columbia at inauguration of Abraham Lincoln
  • 1861 - 1867 : Commissioner of public buildings under presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson
  • 1862: Married Mary Ellen Brady
  • 1870, Aug. 12: Died, Washington, D. C.

Francis O. French

  • 1837, Sept. 12: Born, Chester, N. H.
  • 1857: Graduated, Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1859: LL.B., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1861: Married Ellen Tuck
  • 1862: Appointed deputy naval officer of customs, Boston, Mass.
  • 1865: Joined banking firm Samuel A. Way & Co., Boston, Mass.
  • 1870: Joined banking firm Jay Cooke & Co., New York, N.Y.
  • 1873: Promoted to partner, Jay Cooke & Co.
  • 1874: Member of a group that acquired control of the First National Bank of New York
  • 1880: Disposed of his interest in First National Bank of New York and retired
  • 1888 - 1893 : President, Manhattan Trust Co., New York, N.Y.
  • 1893, Feb. 26: Died, Tuxedo Park, N.Y.

Amos Tuck

  • 1810, Aug. 2: Born, Parsonsfield, Maine
  • 1834: Married Sarah Nudd (died 1847)
  • 1835: Graduated, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
  • 1838: Began law practice in Exeter, N.H.
  • 1842: Representative, New Hampshire legislature
  • 1847: Married Catherine Townsend Shephard (died 1876)
  • 1847 - 1853 : Member, United States House of Representatives
  • 1853 - 1854 : Assisted in founding the Republican party
  • 1860: Member, platform committee, Republican party national convention, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1861: Delegate, Peace Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • 1861 - 1865 : Naval officer of the district of Boston and Charlestown, Mass.
  • 1865: Resumed law practice
  • 1879, Dec. 11: Died, Exeter, N.H.

From the guide to the Benjamin B. French Family Papers, 1778-1940, (bulk 1813-1893), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf French, Benjamin B. (Benjamin Brown), 1800-1870. Poems, 1864-1866, Washington, D. C.. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Brady, Francis P. The Peter R. Brady papers, circa 1850-1898. Georgetown University, Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library
creatorOf French, Benjamin B. (Benjamin Brown), 1800-1870. Altar of liberty, 1835. Historical Society of Washington, Dc
referencedIn Brooks, William. Letter, 1848 Aug. 29. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. Letter, 1841 Mar. 10, to Benjamin Brown French. New Hampshire Newsp Project
creatorOf French, Benjamin B. (Benjamin Brown), 1800-1870. Benjamin B. French family papers, 1778-1940 (bulk 1813-1893). Library of Congress
creatorOf French, Benjamin B. (Benjamin Brown), 1800-1870. Letter, 1858 November 24, 37 E. Capitol St., to C. Lanman [n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf French, Benjamin B. (Benjamin Brown), 1800-1870. Letter, 1867 January 12, Washington, to Charles Lanman [n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf French, Benjamin B. (Benjamin Brown), 1800-1870. Correspondence, 1826-1870 : with Henry F. French. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Thaddeus Asbury Jones papers, 1863-1926. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1875-2004 (inclusive), 1936-2000 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866. Letter and printed form, 1848-1858. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf French, Benjamin B. (Benjamin Brown), 1800-1870. Autograph letters signed (2) : Washington, D.C., to President Lincoln, 1861 Mar. 6 and 1861 Mar. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf French, Benjamin B. (Benjamin Brown), 1800-1870. Letter : U.S. House of Representatives, to Dear Sir, 1845 May 9. George Washington University
creatorOf French, Benjamin B. (Benjamin Brown), 1800-1870. Letter : Washington, D.C., to B. Oertly, Washington, D.C., 1865 Nov. 17. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss, 1816-1894. Papers, 1840-1896. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Benjamin B. French Family Papers, 1778-1940, (bulk 1813-1893) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf French, Benjamin B. (Benjamin Brown), 1800-1870. Letter : Washington, D.C., to B. Oertly, Washington, D.C., 1865 Nov. 17. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn United States. Commissioners of the City of Washington. Records of the U.S. Commissioners of the City of Washington, 1791-1869 (bulk 1791-1808). Library of Congress
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correspondedWith Brady, Francis P. person
associatedWith Brooks, William. person
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associatedWith Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866. person
associatedWith Douglas, Stephen A. (Stephen Arnold), 1813-1861. person
correspondedWith Fahnestock, Harris C. (Harris Charles), 1835-1914 person
correspondedWith French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931 person
associatedWith French family. family
associatedWith French family. family
associatedWith French, Francis O. (Francis Ormond), 1837-1893. person
correspondedWith French, Henry F. (Henry Flagg), 1813-1885 person
associatedWith Harvard College (1780- ) corporateBody
correspondedWith Jones, Thaddeus Asbury, 1828-1900 person
associatedWith Lanman, Charles, 1784-1866. person
associatedWith Lanman, Charles, 1819-1895. person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. person
associatedWith Lovejoy, Owen, 1811-1864. person
associatedWith Magnetic Telegraph Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith McCulloch, Hugh, 1808-1895 person
correspondedWith Morrill, Lot M. (Lot Myrick), 1812-1883 person
associatedWith Oertly, B., fl. 19th cent. person
associatedWith Phillips Exeter Academy. corporateBody
associatedWith Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869. person
correspondedWith Richardson, William A. (William Adams), 1821-1896 person
associatedWith Richardson, William Merchant, 1774-1838. person
associatedWith Rittenhouse Academy. corporateBody
correspondedWith Sherman, John, 1823-1900 person
associatedWith Tuck, Amos, 1810-1879. person
associatedWith United States. Commissioner of Public Buildings. corporateBody
correspondedWith United States. Commissioners of the City of Washington. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
associatedWith Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. person
associatedWith White House (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Wright, W. Lloyd (William Lloyd), 1876-1950, person
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Washington (D.C.)
New Hampshire
Confederate States of America
New York (N.Y.)
Middle West
New Hampshire
Massachusetts--Cambridge
United States
Confederate States of America
Washington (D.C.)
Southern States
Washington (D.C.)
United States
United States
Southern States
Middle West
United States
New Hampshire--Exeter
New York (N.Y.)
Washington (D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
New Hampshire
Subject
Freemasonry
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Private schools--New Hampshire--Exeter
Private schools--Washington (D.C.)
Universities and colleges--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Private schools
Presidents--Dwellings
Universities and colleges
Furniture repairing
Occupation
Clerks, U.S. House of Representatives
Politicians
Public officials
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Birth 1800-09-04

Death 1870-08-12

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