FRENCH, Benjamin B.

1800–1870

Biography

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 state senate, 1826–1830; clerk, judicial courts, Sullivan County, New Hampshire; member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1832–1836; assistant clerk, United States House of Representatives, 1833–1845; appointed Clerk of the United States House of Representatives to the Twenty-eighth and elected to the succeeding Congress (January 18, 1845–December 7, 1847); president of common council, Washington, D.C., circa 1845; justice of the 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.

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