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Ben Franklin Caldwell (August 2, 1848 – December 29, 1924) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Ben F. Caldwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 21st district
In office
March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1909
Preceded byZeno J. Rives
Succeeded byJames McMahon Graham
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1905
Preceded byFred J. Kern
Succeeded byZeno J. Rives
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byJames A. Connolly
Succeeded byJohn A. Sterling
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
In office
1882-1886
Member of the Illinois Senate
In office
1890-1894
Personal details
Born(1848-08-02)August 2, 1848
Carrollton, Illinois
DiedDecember 29, 1924(1924-12-29) (aged 76)
Springfield, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic

Born near Carrollton, Illinois, Caldwell moved to Illinois in April 1853 with his parents, who settled near Chatham, Illinois. He attended the public schools, and thereafter engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as member of the Board of Supervisors of Sangamon County in 1877 and 1878. He served as member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1882-1886, and served in the Illinois Senate 1890-1894.

Upon his election to Congress in 1898, he resigned the presidency of the Farmers' National Bank of Springfield, which office he had held since 1885. He also served as president of the Caldwell State Bank of Chatham.

Caldwell was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, and Fifty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1905). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1904 to the Fifty-ninth Congress.

Caldwell was elected to the Sixtieth Congress (March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1909). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1908. He again engaged in banking in Chatham, Illinois. He died in Springfield, Illinois, on December 29, 1924. He was interred in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Ben F. Caldwell (id: C000029)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James A. Connolly
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 17th congressional district

1899–1903
Succeeded by
John A. Sterling
Preceded by
Fred J. Kern
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 21st congressional district

1903–1905
Succeeded by
Zeno J. Rives
Preceded by
Zeno J. Rives
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 21st congressional district

1907–1909
Succeeded by
James M. Graham