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Benjamin Franklin Loan (October 4, 1819 – March 30, 1881) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri, as well as a Missouri State Militia general in service to the Union during the American Civil War.

Benjamin Franklin Loan
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Born(1819-10-04)October 4, 1819
Hardinsburg, Kentucky
DiedMarch 30, 1881(1881-03-30) (aged 61)
St. Joseph, Missouri
Place of burial
Mount Mora Cemetery, St. Joseph, Missouri
Allegiance United States of America
Union
Service/branchUnion Army
Years of service1861–1863
RankUnion Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brigadier General
UnitMissouri Missouri State Militia
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
Other workLawyer, politician

BiographyEdit

Benjamin F. Loan was born in Hardinsburg, Kentucky. He pursued an academic course and received a college education. He studied law in Kentucky, and then moved to St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1838. He was admitted to the bar in 1840 and practiced in St. Joseph.

With the outbreak of the Civil War, he was commissioned as a brigadier general in the Federal Missouri State Militia on November 27, 1861. General Loan participated in counter-guerrilla operations, including the victory against Colonel John A. Poindexter's irregular cavalry at the Battle of Yellow Creek on August 13, 1862. Loan was honorably discharged on June 8, 1863, and returned home.

Loan was elected as an Unconditional Unionist to the Thirty-eighth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1869). He served as chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (Fortieth Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1868 to the Forty-first Congress.

He was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant as a member of the board of visitors to the United States Military Academy in 1869. He resumed the practice of law in St. Joseph, Missouri, and served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress.

Benjamin Loan died in St. Joseph, Missouri, and was interred in Mount Mora Cemetery.

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Benjamin F. Loan (id: L000384)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-08-15
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John W. Noell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 7th congressional district

1863–1869
Succeeded by
Joel F. Asper