Ben Hulse

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Ben Hulse
Member of the California State Senate
from the 39th district
In office
Personal details
BornSeptember 24, 1894
near Fayetteville, Arkansas
DiedMarch 2, 1961(1961-03-02) (aged 66)
El Centro, California
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceImperial, California
Occupationowner of farm implement and car dealerships

Benjamin Harrison "Ben" Hulse (1894–1961) was a California politician. He represented the 39th district in the California State Senate for 12 years, including two years (1955–56) as Senate President Pro Tem.[1] He was a Republican.

Personal life[edit]

Hulse was born and raised on a farm near Fayetteville in Washington County, Arkansas. His parents were John Hulse, a wealthy farmer and U.S. marshall, and Drusilla (Delano) Hulse. With just a high school education, he came to California as a young man. He worked at a machine shop in Stockton for two years, then moved to Imperial County in 1910, where he began to sell tractors and Ford cars in Calexico, El Centro and Yuma. By 1920 his dealerships (Hulse and Dick in Yuma, Hulse and Anderson in El Centro) were important in promoting the agricultural development of Imperial County.[2]

He married Bessie Phenia in 1919; they lived in Imperial. He was an Elk and a Mason.[2] He died at a hospital in El Centro in 1961 at the age of 66.

Political career[edit]

He served on the local school board and the Imperial County Board of Supervisors. He was elected to the Senate in 1932 and served four years. He was then re-elected in 1944, 1948, and 1952.[1] He was known as "the watchdog of the treasury"[3] during his years in the Senate, serving on the taxation and other committees. He was elected Senate President Pro Tem in 1955. He retired from the Senate on March 14, 1956.[3]


Further reading[edit]

  • Odens, Peter R. (1984). Ben Hulse: From mountain boy to state senator. s. n. ISBN 978-0-9609484-7-5.


  1. ^ a b c d "Ben Hulse". JoinCalifornia. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b McGroarty, John Steven (1933). "Hon. Ben Hulse". California of the South. Volume V. Clarke Publ. pp. 243–244.
  3. ^ a b "Former Senator Ben Hulse dies". Lodi News-Sentinel. March 3, 1961. Retrieved 17 November 2013.