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 Benjamin Franklin Stephenson

Benjamin Franklin Stephenson

Birth
Wayne County, Illinois, USA
Death 30 Aug 1871 (aged 47)
Rock Creek, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
Burial Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 3007 · View Source
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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.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 3007
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Franklin Stephenson (3 Oct 1823–30 Aug 1871), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3007, citing Rose Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .