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Benjamin WHITE

(1790-1860)

WHITE, Benjamin, a Representative from Maine; born in Goshen (now Vienna), Maine, May 13, 1790; attended the common schools; moved to Winthrop, Maine, in 1802 and was employed on a farm until 1808 when he entered Farmington Academy; taught school for several years; during the War of 1812 was in Augusta, Maine, and assisted in raising troops, later serving as a noncommissioned officer with troops stationed at Castine and Eastport, Maine; again engaged in teaching in Montville, Maine, until 1821, when he also engaged in the sawmill business and agricultural pursuits; served as town selectman; member of the State house of representatives in 1829, 1841, and 1842; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); resumed his former pursuits; died in Montville, Maine, on June 7, 1860; interment in Halldale Cemetery, North Montville, Maine.

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

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