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Benjamin Stanton (June 4, 1809 - June 2, 1872) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Mount Pleasant, Ohio, Stanton pursued academic studies, and thereafter learned the tailor's trade. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1834 and commenced practice in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He served as member of the Ohio Senate in 1841 and 1843. He served as delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1850.

Stanton was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853).

Stanton was elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1861). He served as chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs (Thirty-sixth Congress).

Stanton served as lieutenant governor of Ohio in 1862, during the American Civil War. After the battle of Shiloh, in April 1862, at Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, Stanton visited the Union Army and soon published a statement critical of the Union generals. He opined that Ulysses S. Grant and Benjamin M. Prentiss, both appointed from Illinois, should be court-martialed and shot. General William Tecumseh Sherman, appointed from Ohio, published a sharp rebuttal. This led to Stanton's criticizing Sherman as well.

Stanton moved to Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 1865, and practiced law. He moved to Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1867 and continued the practice of law.

He died in Wheeling on June 2, 1872, and was interred in Greenwood Cemetery.


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