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Thomas Hart Benton

Statesman

 

—Elizabeth Benton —

 
Thomas Hart Benton Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 21, 2012
1. Thomas Hart Benton Marker
Inscription.

By the State of Mo.
A.D. 1902
In memory of
Thomas Hart Benton
1782 - 1858

U.S. Senator for 30 Years
1821 - 1851
Representative
1853 - 1855

Elizabeth Benton
[namesake of the D.A.R. chapter]

 
Erected 1902 by State of Missouri and Elizabeth Benton Chapter, NSDAR.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 38° 41.499′ N, 90° 13.952′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Touch for map. Monument is in Block 40, Lot 173, of Bellefontaine Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4947 West Florissant Avenue, Saint Louis MO 63115, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Presley and Amelia Cordell (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); James MacCash (about 700 feet away); Charlotte Taylor Blow Charless (about 800 feet away); Charles Galloway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert A. Barnes (approx. ¼ mile away); Rev. John R. Anderson (approx. 0.4 miles away); John B. Meachum (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Mason Peck (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
Regarding Thomas Hart Benton.
Elizabeth Benton Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 21, 2012
2. Elizabeth Benton Marker
Monument location is designated by the Red #2 marker along the cemetery drive.
 
Also see . . .
1. Thomas Hart Benton Congressional Bio. (Submitted on December 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Thomas Hart Benton. (Submitted on December 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Elizabeth Benton Chapter, NSDAR. (Submitted on December 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Bellfontaine Cemetery, St. Louis MO. (Submitted on December 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesPatriots & PatriotismPoliticsSettlements & Settlers
 
Thomas Hart Benton Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 21, 2012
3. Thomas Hart Benton Monument
Thomas Hart Benton Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 21, 2012
4. Thomas Hart Benton Monument
Red #2 marker identifying the Benton grave location
Thomas Hart and Elizabeth Benton Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 21, 2012
5. Thomas Hart and Elizabeth Benton Markers
Thomas Hart Benton image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
6. Thomas Hart Benton
This 1861 portrait by Ferdinand Thomas Lee Boyle hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

“Thomas Hart Benton was a major political figure in the period, serving as a Democratic senator from from Missouri for thirty years. Politically, Benton helped implement ‘manifest destiny’ with his wholehearted support of national expansion. He wrote in 1818: ‘In a few years the Rocky Mountains will be passed and the “children of Adam” will have [marched] west to … the Pacific.’ To fulfill this vision of America as a new Eden, Benton promoted homesteading, the western railroad, the Pony Express. annexation, and other measures. But his career foundered on the issue of slavery. A believer in the Union and an opponent of slavery, he voted against the Compromise of 1850, which deferred conflict on the slavery issue. Benton's intransigence outraged the Missouri legislature, and they replaced him with a proslavery Whig in 1850.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on April 23, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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