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Benjamin Franklin LOAN

(1819-1881)

LOAN, Benjamin Franklin, a Representative from Missouri; born in Hardinsburg, Breckinridge County, Ky., October 4, 1819; pursued an academic course; studied law in Kentucky; moved to St. Joseph, Mo., in 1838; was admitted to the bar in 1840 and practiced in St. Joseph; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; commissioned brigadier general of Missouri State Militia in the service of the United States November 27, 1861; honorably discharged June 8, 1863; elected as an Unconditional Unionist to the Thirty-eighth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1869); chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (Fortieth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1868 to the Forty-first Congress; appointed by President Grant a visitor to the United States Military Academy in 1869; resumed the practice of law in St. Joseph, Mo.; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; died in St. Joseph, Mo., March 30, 1881; interment in Mount Mora Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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