Benjamin F. Pleasants

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Benjamin F. Pleasants (November 10, 1795 – June 2, 1879) was an American government official who served as acting Solicitor of the United States Treasury. He was also the son in law of John Adair.


Benjamin Franklin Pleasants was born in Richmond, Virginia on November 10, 1795. In 1803 his family relocated to Versailles, Kentucky, where he was raised and educated.

In February, 1817 Pleasants married Isabella McCalla Adair.[1] He lived in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, studied law and was admitted to the bar, and also served as Cashier of the Bank of the Commonwealth in Harrodsburg.[2][3]

In 1830 Pleasants was appointed to a Clerk's position in the United States Treasury Department.[4] During his government career he became Chief Clerk in the Office of the Solicitor of the Treasury, and he occasionally served as acting Solicitor of the Treasury.[5][6][7]

Pleasants continued to work at the Treasury Department almost until his death. He died in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 1879.[8] He was buried in Washington's Oak Hill Cemetery.[9]


  1. ^ Adair History and Genealogy, by James Barnett Adair, 1924, page 123
  2. ^ Edward Pleasants Valentine, The Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers: Hardy-Pleasants, 1927, page 1291
  3. ^ William Curry Harllee, Kinfolks: a Genealogical and Biographical Record of Thomas and Elizabeth (Stuart) Harllee, etc., Volume 2, 1935, page 1235
  4. ^ Register of Kentucky State Historical Society, published by the society, Volume 16, Number 46, (January, 1918), page 70
  5. ^ Executive Documents of the House of Representatives at the Second Session of the Twenty-First Congress, published by Duff Green, 1831, page 30
  6. ^ Historical Genealogy of the Woodsons and Their Connections, compiled and published by Henry Morton Woodson, 1915, page 149
  7. ^ The Political Register and Congressional Directory, published by Houghton, Osgood and Company, Boston, 1878, page 230
  8. ^ History of Woodford County, Kentucky, By William Edward Railey and William E. Railey, 1938, page 256
  9. ^ Oak Hill Cemetery, List of Burials, Lot 517 1/2, accessed September 13, 2012
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Preceded by
Junius Hillyer
Solicitor of the United States Treasury
Succeeded by
Edward Jordan