Benjamin P. Cornelius

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Benjamin P. Cornelius
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Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
In office
Constituency Washington County
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
In office
Constituency Washington County
17th Mayor of Hillsboro, Oregon
In office
Preceded by William N. Barrett
Succeeded by John Dennis
Personal details
Born November 9, 1850
Hillsboro, Oregon
Died December 24, 1930(1930-12-24) (aged 80)
Hillsboro, Oregon
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Esther A. Barrett
Profession Farmer

Benjamin Peyton Cornelius (November 9, 1850 – December 24, 1930) was an American politician and judge in Oregon. A Republican, he served in the Oregon House of Representatives and as the mayor of Hillsboro, Oregon. The son of Thomas R. Cornelius, he was also the sheriff of Washington County and a judge in that county.

Early life[edit]

Cornelius was born to Thomas Cornelius and Florentine Wilks on November 9, 1850, in Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon.[1] He was raised in that county and was engaged in agriculture before marrying Esther A. Barrett on November 11, 1871, in neighboring Glencoe.[2] Cornelius became involved in politics as a Republican and served as a delegate to the county’s party convention and state conventions starting in the 1880s.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 1884, Cornelius won his first election when he was elected as the sheriff of Washington County.[1] He was elected again in 1888, and in 1894 was elected as a county judge.[1] In 1892, Cornelius entered state politics and was elected to a two-year term in the Oregon House of Representatives as a Republican representing Washington County.[3]

Following his term as county judge he returned to farming before winning election as mayor of Hillsboro in 1903.[4] The seventeenth person to serve as mayor of Washington County’s seat, he was in office from December 15, 1903, until December 4, 1906.[4] Cornelius returned to the Oregon House in 1917 after winning election in 1916, again representing Washington County.[5] Benjamin P. Cornelius died on December 24, 1930, at the age of 80 and was buried at the cemetery at the Old Scotch Church north of Hillsboro.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ), and Republican League of Oregon. Republican League Register, a Record of the Republican Party in the State of Oregon. Portland: Register Pub. Co, 1896. p. 191.
  2. ^ a b Benjamin Peyton Cornelius. Find A Grave. Retrieved on August 2, 2008.
  3. ^ Oregon Legislators and Staff Guide, 1893 Regular Session (17th). Oregon State Archives. Retrieved on June 19, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Mayors: City of Hillsboro. The Hillsboro Argus, October 19, 1976
  5. ^ Oregon Legislators and Staff Guide, 1917 Regular Session (29th). Oregon State Archives. Retrieved on June 19, 2016.