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Benjamin Franklin Ficklin
Birth: Dec. 18, 1827
Albemarle County
Virginia, USA
Death: May 10, 1871
Georgetown
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

SurveyBusinessman. A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1849, he is best known for his role in starting the Pony Express and for establishing other stage coach and mail routes in the United States during the 1800's. He also helped start the Pacific Telegraph Company in 1861 which was the last link between the west coast and the east coast. Many people credit him with the idea of the Pony Express, but it is William H. Russell, Alexander Majors, and William B. Waddel are more often credited as the founders, owners, and operators of the Pony Express because of their differences, Ficklin ended up resigning from the organization. At one point he was the owner of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. During the Civil War he served as a Confederate purchasing agent in England and as an intelligence officer. In 1865, Ficklin was sent on a secret peace mission to Washington, DC. While there, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, and Ficklin was arrested on the grounds of suspicion but was cleared and released upon his swearing loyalty to the United States. He died in Washington D.C. as a result of an artery being slashed by the doctor attempting to remove a fish bone which became lodged in his throat several days earlier. (bio by: Jon) 
 
Burial:
Maplewood Cemetery
Charlottesville
Charlottesville City
Virginia, USA
 
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Record added: Dec 03, 2005
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- angel6903
 Added: Dec. 18, 2013

- John McGlothlin
 Added: May. 26, 2013
A very unusual and sad ending... Rest in Peace, Benjamin. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: May. 5, 2012
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