FRENCH, Benjamin B.



FRENCH, Benjamin, B., a Clerk from New Hampshire; born in Chester, Rockingham County, N.H., September 4, 1800; attended local schools; United States Army, 1819; served in New Hampshire militia; read law and passed New Hampshire bar in 1825; lawyer, private practice; newspaper editor; assistant clerk to New Hampshire senate, 1826–1830; clerk, judicial courts, Sullivan County, New Hampshire; member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1832–1836; assistant Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, 1833–1845; elected Clerk of the United States House of Representatives for the Twenty-eighth Congress and appointed to the succeeding Congress (January 18, 1845–December 7, 1847); president of common council, Washington, D.C., circa 1845; justice of peace, Washington, D.C., circa 1846; citizen-at-large, board of regents, Smithsonian Institution, circa 1846; appointed Commissioner of Public Buildings during presidential administrations of Franklin Pierce, Abraham Lincoln, and Andrew Johnson; died on August 12, 1870, in Washington, D.C.; interment in Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.


*Elected on January 18, 1845. House Journal, (January 18, 1845): H233.

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