Benjamin S. Paulen

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Benjamin S. Paulen
23rd Governor of Kansas
In office
January 12, 1925 – January 14, 1929
LieutenantDe Lanson Alson Newton Chase
Preceded byJonathan M. Davis
Succeeded byClyde M. Reed
23rd Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
In office
January 9, 1923 – January 12, 1925
GovernorJonathan M. Davis
Preceded byCharles Solomon Huffman
Succeeded byDe Lanson Alson Newton Chase
Member of the Kansas Senate
In office
Personal details
BornJuly 14, 1869
DeWitt County, Illinois
DiedJuly 11, 1961(1961-07-11) (aged 91)
Fredonia, Kansas
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Barbara Ellis
Professionhardware clerk, banker, politician

Benjamin "Ben" Sanford Paulen (July 14, 1869 – July 11, 1961) was the 23rd Governor of Kansas.


Paulen was born in DeWitt County, Illinois, four miles south of Fredonia, to Jacob Walter and Lucy Bell (Johnson) Paulen. The family moved to Wilson County, Kansas in late 1869 when he was less than six months old. He graduated from Fredonia High School in 1887 and took one term at Kansas University.[1] He took a course at Bryant and Stratton Business College in Saint Louis, Missouri, and then worked in his father's merchandise store in 1889. He married Barbara Ellis in Holton, Kansas, on February 14, 1900 and they had no children.


Paulen served as city councilman, city treasurer, and then as mayor of Fredonia. He was elected in 1912 and reelected in 1916 to the Kansas State Senate. In 1922 Paulen was elected Lieutenant Governor of Kansas.

Paulen was elected and reelected to serve two terms as Governor of Kansas from 1925 to 1929. During that time, he signed the 1927 Kindergarten Bill into law,[2] cigarette sales became legal and taxed, a state gasoline tax was sanctioned, an insurance code was established, and a banking board was organized.

Paulen served as President of the Kansas Bankers Association, and was a member of the executive council of the American Bankers Association.[3] He was a member of the state's constitutional revision committee in 1957.

Death and legacy[edit]

Paulen died in 1961 in Fredonia, Kansas. He is interred at Fredonia City Cemetery. Now part of the Fredonia High School, the Ben S. Paulen Elementary School in Fredonia was named in his honor in 1961.


  1. ^ "Benjamin S. Paulen". Get Rural Kansas. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  2. ^ "Benjamin S. Paulen". Get Rural Kansas. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "Benjamin S. Paulen". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 1, 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles S. Huffman
Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
De Lanson Alson Newton Chase
Preceded by
Arthur Capper
Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Clyde M. Reed