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  Brown, Benjamin Gratz
NameBenjamin Gratz Brown
St. Louis, Missouri , United States
Born May 28, 1826
DiedDecember 13, 1885 (59 years)
ContributorU Ole Polecat
Last ModifedRBH
Aug 19, 2015 08:19pm
Info(grandson of John Brown of Virginia and Kentucky [1757-1837]), a Senator from Missouri; born in Lexington, Ky., May 28, 1826; completed preparatory studies; was graduated from Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., in 1845 and from Yale College in 1847; studied law in Louisville, Ky.; was admitted to the bar in 1849 and commenced practice in St. Louis, Mo.; member, State house of representatives 1852-1858; one of the founders of the Missouri Democrat and its chief editor in 1854; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1857 as Governor of Missouri; took an active part in preventing the secession of Missouri in 1861; during the Civil War enlisted in the Union Army; raised a regiment and commanded it; elected as an Unconditional Unionist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the expulsion of Waldo P. Johnson and served from November 13, 1863 to March 3, 1867; chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Thirty-ninth Congress), Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expense (Thirty-ninth Congress); Governor of Missouri 1871; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Vice President of the United States on the ticket with Horace Greeley in 1872; resumed the practice of law; died in Kirkwood, near St. Louis, Mo., December 13, 1885; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Kirkwood, Mo.


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Wife Mary Hanson Gunn Brown 00, 0000-
Father Mason Brown 1799-1867
Grandfather John Brown 1757-1837
Great-Grandmother Margaret Preston Brown 0000-
Grand Uncle James Brown 1766-1835
Mother Judith Bledsoe Brown 0000-
Grandfather Jesse Bledsoe 1776-1836

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