Benjamin Hough

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Benjamin Hough
2nd Ohio State Auditor
In office
March 1, 1808 – March 15, 1815
Preceded by Thomas Gibson
Succeeded by Ralph Osborn
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Jefferson County district
In office
December 7, 1807 – February 29, 1808
Serving with Thomas Elliott
Thomas McCune
Preceded by Thomas Elliott
Samuel Boyd
John McLaughlin
Succeeded by James Pritchard
Samuel Dunlap
Thomas McCune
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Jefferson County district
In office
December 2, 1805 – December 6, 1807
Serving with James Pritchard
John Taggart
Preceded by John Milligan
James Pritchard
Succeeded by John McLaughlin
John McConnell
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Ross County district
In office
December 4, 1815 – November 30, 1817
Serving with John McDonald
James Dunlap
Preceded by Henry Brush
James Dunlap
William Creighton, Sr.
Succeeded by James Dunlap
John McDonald
Personal details
Born 1773
Died September 4, 1819
Chillicothe, Ohio
Resting place Grandview Cemetery
Political party Democratic Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Core

Benjamin Hough (1773 – September 4, 1819) was the second State Auditor of the U.S. State of Ohio from 1808 to 1815. He also served in local political offices and in both houses of the Ohio General Assembly.

Hough was born in Virginia.[1] He was in Jefferson County, Northwest Territory by 1802 when he surveyed Cross Creek Township into quarter sections.[2] He was elected a county commissioner at the first election, April 2, 1804, after Ohio became a state.[3]

Hough represented Jefferson County in the Ohio State Senate 1805 to 1807,[4] and the Ohio House of Representatives 1807 to 1808.[5] Thomas Gibson resigned as Ohio State Auditor March 1, 1808.[6] The legislature had adjourned February 22, 1808, and would not meet again until December,[7] so Governor Thomas Kirker appointed Hough as Auditor.

Hough was re-elected by the legislature December 18, 1809,[8] and again February 20, 1812,[9] serving until March 15, 1815.[6] He remained in the capital, Chillicothe, after his term, and was elected again to the Ohio Senate, 1815 to 1816, from Ross County.[10] He was a Democratic-Republican Party Presidential elector in 1816 for Monroe/Tompkins. [11]

Benjamin Hough died at Chillicothe, leaving a widow and children. He is buried at Grandview Cemetery.[12][13]

Benjamin Hough was to married Elizabeth Core on August 29, 1806, by Stephen Ford, justice of the Peace, in Jefferson County.[14]