Benjamin B. Hinkson

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Benjamin B. Hinkson
4th Ohio Secretary of State
In office
1834 – February 12, 1836
Preceded by Moses H. Kirby
Succeeded by Carter B. Harlan
Personal details
Born circa 1799
Cynthiana, Kentucky
Died March, 1877
Clinton County, Ohio

Benjamin B. Hinkson (circa 1799 - March 1877) was the fourth Ohio Secretary of State.


Benjamin B. Hinkson was born in Cynthiana, Kentucky in about 1799. He was the son of judge Thomas Hinkson, and moved to Clinton County, Ohio with his father.[1] He was deputy clerk of the court for Fayette County, and was admitted to the bar and began practice in Wilmington, Ohio in 1820, which continued until he was elected Ohio Secretary of State.[1]

Hinkson was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1826, 1827 1829, 1830 and 1833.[2] During the 1833-1834 session, the legislature elected him as Secretary of State. He served until he resigned February 12, 1836.[3]

In 1836, Hinkson was elected president judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the district of Clinton, Warren, Butler, and Greene counties. He served a term of seven years, and returned to private practice.[1]

In 1852, Hinkson retired from law practice and engaged in stock raising on his farm. He died of paralysis in his 78th year in March, 1877.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Brown, Albert J., ed. (1915). History of Clinton County, Ohio: Its People, Industries, and Institutions .... Indianapolis: B F Bowen. p. 135. 
  2. ^ Ohio General Assembly (1917). Manual of legislative practice in the General Assembly. State of Ohio. pp. 262, 265, 268. 
  3. ^ Taylor, William Alexander; Taylor, Aubrey Clarence (1899). Ohio statesmen and annals of progress: from the year 1788 to the year 1900 .... State of Ohio. pp. 162, 170.