Joseph Shaler Benham

Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky, USA
Death 15 Jul 1840 (aged 44–45)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot Garden LN, Section 99, Lot 22, Space 1
Memorial ID 78892270 View Source

reburied in SGC July 28, 1858 (from old presbyterian grounds)
Father Major Robert Benham
C.O.D. : flu

Joseph S. Benham was born near Lebanon. Warren County. He was the son of Robert Benham, one of the pioneers of the Western country whose name is identified with its early history. In 1808/1809, he was a boy attending school in Hamilton. He then lived with his sister, Mrs. Torrence, afterwards Mrs. Wingate, who then kept a tavern. He studied law with David K. Este, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Hamilton.
Mr. Benham devoted much of his time to the acquisition of the grace of oratory. He paid particular attention to elocution, and his voice and manner of speech were captivating. Few men could address a jury more eloquently or effectively, and as a popular speaker, fewer yet surpassed him. He remained at the bar of this county until 1821, when he removed to Cincinnati. He practiced law in Cincinnati until 1831, when he went to Louisville, Ky., thence to St. Louis, where he remained until 1837. In that year, he returned and settled in Covington, Ky., and took the Professorship of Commercial Law in the Cincinnati Law School. About this time, he became owner and editor of the “Ohio and Kentucky”, a weekly democratic paper which he published in Cincinnati for about one year, when, in August, 1838, he sold out. The winter of 1838-39, he devoted to the study of the civil law, at his residence (Elmwood) in Kentucky, opposite Cincinnati, and then removed to New Orleans, where he settled again in the practice of the law. The ensuing summer he was on his way from New Orleans to New York, when he died at the Pearl Street House, Cincinnati, on the 15th of July, 1840.
Mr. Benham was twice married; first to Isabella Greer, of Hamilton, who died in October, 1829 and the second time to Marie L. Slacum, of the District of Columbia, who remains his widow.

Source:, 8 Aug 1891, Sketches of Pioneer History; The Bar of Butler County, Ohio, 1808-1816 by William Corry


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