Benjamin F. Marsh
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Benjamin Franklin Marsh (1839 – June 2, 1905) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois in the late 19th century to early 20th century. He was also a lawyer, soldier, agriculture manager, stock raiser, and Illinois State Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner.
Benjamin Marsh was born in Warsaw, Illinois (Hancock County). He first studied law in Warsaw, and after attending law school was admitted to the bar in 1860. He continued to study law after the American Civil War until 1877, when he was elected Illinois State Representative.
Benjamin enlisted into the 16th Illinois Regiment, the Illinois Volunteer Infantry as a Private. He was later commissioned as a Colonel. Benjamin received the Purple Heart when he received a piece of shrapnel in the foot. He participated in battles such as Shiloh, and the Antietam. He served until 1866 and when the war ended he continued his law practices until 1877.
Benjamin Marsh first started his way into the Illinois Government office by becoming the Republican candidate for membership of the Illinois State Constitutional Convention and was elected. He served until 1869.
He then became chairman on the Committee of the Militia (54th through 56th Congresses).
- U.S. Representative (1877–1883) (1893–1901) (1903–1905)
- Agricultural Manager
- 1889 State Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner
- Delegate to the Republican National Convention
Marsh died in office in 1905. He is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Warsaw, Illinois.
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