Jacob Benton

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Jacob Benton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1871
Preceded by James W. Patterson
Succeeded by Hosea Washington Parker
Personal details
Born (1814-08-19)August 19, 1814
Waterford, Vermont
Died September 29, 1892(1892-09-29) (aged 78)
Lancaster, New Hampshire
Citizenship US
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Louisa Dwight Benton
Alma mater Burr and Burton Seminary
Profession Lawyer
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Rank Brigadier General
Battles/wars American Civil War

Jacob Benton (August 19, 1814 – September 29, 1892) was a Civil War Brigadier General, an American politician, and a United States Representative from New Hampshire.

Early life[edit]

Born in Waterford, Vermont Benton attended the common schools, Lyndon Academy, and Randolph Academy. He was graduated from Burr and Burton Seminary at Manchester, Vermont in 1839.

In 1841, Benton began to study law with Heaton and Reed in Montpelier, Vermont. He became principal of the academy at Concord Corner, Vermont, while continuing to study law with Henry A. Bellows of Littleton. He moved to Lancaster, New Hampshire in 1843; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in partnership with Ira Young.[1]


Benton was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives 1854-1856. He also served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860. During the Civil War, he was a Brigadier General commanding state volunteers.

Elected as a Republican to the Fortieth and Forty-first Congresses, Benton served as United States Representative for the third district of New Hampshire (March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1871)[2] and declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1870. After leaving Congress, he resumed the practice of law.


Thrown from his carriage, Benton died in Lancaster, New Hampshire, on September 29, 1892[3] (age 78 years, 41 days). He is interred at Summer Street Cemetery, Lancaster, New Hampshire.

Family life[edit]

Benton was the son of Samuel S. and Esther Prouty Benton and married Louisa Dwight in 1860.[4]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James W. Patterson
U.S. Representative for the 3rd District of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Hosea Washington Parker