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Benjamin Franklin Stephenson
Birth: Oct. 3, 1823
Wayne County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 30, 1871
Rock Creek
Hardin County
Illinois, USA

Civil War Union Army Surgeon. He was the founder of the Grand Army of the Republic organization of Union Army veterans. A graduate of Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois, he joined the Union Army on April 7, 1862, when he was commissioned as Chief Surgeon of the 14th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He served with the 14th Illinois through two full years, then was honorably mustered out on June 24, 1864. Concerned with the after-war lives of Union veterans, he formed the Grand Army of the Republic on April 6, 1866 at Decatur, Illinois, and served as it's first Commander-in-Chief. After a decline in the 1870s, it was reorganized and revised, and eventually grew to a peak of 490,000 veteran members in the 1890. Doctor Stephenson's organization lasted until 1956, when Albert Woolson, the last living Union veteran, passed away. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
Family links: 
  James Stephenson (1782 - 1867)
  Margaret Clinton Stephenson (1789 - 1868)
  Barbara Moore Stephenson (1828 - 1911)
  Benjamin Moore Stephenson (1857 - 1933)*
  Mary H. Stephenson (1860 - 1932)*
  Carolyn A. Stephenson (1862 - 1939)*
  William Clinton Stephenson (____ - 1848)*
  Finis Ewing Stephenson (1818 - ____)*
  Benjamin Franklin Stephenson (1823 - 1871)
  Elvira Stephenson Houghton (1824 - 1893)*
*Calculated relationship
Rose Hill Cemetery
Menard County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Jun 02, 1998
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Thank you, Doctor for all that you had done for our boys in blue as well as what you had done for the veterans in your post war years. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Aug. 30, 2016
~Peace and Serenity~
- Sandie
 Added: Mar. 14, 2015

- Rebecca Marden
 Added: Dec. 3, 2014
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