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Benjamin Stephenson
Birth: Jul. 8, 1769
Death: Oct. 10, 1822
Edwardsville
Madison County
Illinois, USA

US Congressman. He lived in Virginia and Kentucky before moving to Randolph County, Illinois Territory in 1809. Later that year he was appointed Randolph County's first Sheriff by Governor Ninian Edwards, with whom he remained friendly for the rest of his life. Stephenson later moved to Edwardsville, Madison County, and operated a general store and other businesses. During the War of 1812 he was appointed commander of a regiment of the territorial militia with the rank of Colonel, took part in two campaigns, and was later appointed as the militia's adjutant general. In September 1814 he was elected as the territory's non-voting Delegate in the United States House of Representatives, serving a partial term from November 1814 to March 1815, and a full term from March 1815 to March 1817. Stephenson did not run for reelection in 1816. In April 1816 he was appointed Receiver of the United States Land Office in Edwardsville, an office he held until his death. In 1818 he was a Delegate to Illinois' first constitutional convention. In 1819 he was a founder and the first President of the Bank of Edwardsville, serving until his death. The Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House in Edwardsville, which he built in 1820, is operated as a museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
 
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 Parents:
  Maria Reed Stephenson (1742 - 1828)
 
 Spouse:
  Lucy Eleanor Swearingen Stephenson (1788 - 1850)
 
 Children:
  Julia Eleanor Stephenson Winchester (1803 - 1880)*
  James W. Stephenson (1806 - 1838)*
  Elvira Amanda Stephenson Maddox (1809 - 1881)*
  Benjamin Van Stephenson (1812 - ____)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lusk Cemetery
Edwardsville
Madison County
Illinois, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: Sep 06, 2007
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