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Thomas Hart Benton

Born: Mar 14, 1782

Death: Apr 10, 1858

Birthplace: Hillsborough

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Thomas Hart Benton

Date of Birth : Mar 14, 1782
Date of Death : Apr 10, 1858
Birth Place : Hillsborough

Thomas Hart Benton, nicknamed "Old Bullion", was a U.S. Senator from Missouri and a staunch advocate of westward expansion of the United States. He served in the Senate from 1821 to 1851, becoming the first member of that body to serve five terms. Benton was an architect and champion of westward expansion by the United States, a cause that became known as Manifest Destiny.


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