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Benjamin Babock Thurston

Born: Jun 29, 1804

Death: May 17, 1886

Birthplace: Hopkinton

Nationality: United States

Benjamin Babock Thurston

Date of Birth : Jun 29, 1804
Date of Death : May 17, 1886
Birth Place : Hopkinton

Benjamin Babock Thurston was a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island. Born in Hopkinton, Rhode Island, Thurston attended the common schools, and later engaged in mercantile pursuits. He served as member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives 1831-1837, and as Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island from 1837 to 1838 serving under Governor John B. Francis. Thurston was elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1849 to the Thirty-first Congress. Thurston was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses and as a candidate of the American Party to the Thirty-fourth Congress. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury, Committee on Patents, Committee on Accounts. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1857. After leaving Congress, Thurston moved to New London, Connecticut, where he served as member of the board of aldermen in 1862 and 1863. He served as member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1869 and 1870. He resumed mercantile pursuits. He died in New London, Connecticut, May 17, 1886. He was interred in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

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