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Benjamin Joseph Franklin

Death: May 19, 1898

Birthplace: Maysville

Nationality: United States

Benjamin Joseph Franklin

Date of Death : May 19, 1898
Birth Place : Maysville

Benjamin Joseph Franklin was a U.S. Representative from Missouri, and territorial governor of Arizona. Born in Maysville, Kentucky, in March 1839, Franklin attended private schools, and Bethany College, Bethany, Virginia from 1849 to 1851. He taught school. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Leavenworth, Kansas. Franklin was elected to the State senate of Kansas in 1861, but due to the outbreak of the Civil War never served. He entered the Confederate States Army as a private. He was promoted to the rank of captain and served throughout the Civil War. He moved to Columbia, Missouri, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1868 and resumed the practice of law. He served as prosecuting attorney for Jackson County, Missouri from 1871 to 1875. Franklin was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses. He served as chairman of the Committee on Territories. He was a candidate for renomination, but withdrew. He again engaged in the practice of law in Kansas City, Missouri. He was appointed United States consul at Hankow, China, in 1885.

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