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Benjamin Ruggles (February 21, 1783 – September 2, 1857) was a National Republican and Whig politician from Ohio. He served in the U.S. Senate.

Benjamin Ruggles
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byJoseph Kerr
Succeeded byThomas Morris
Personal details
Born(1783-02-21)February 21, 1783
Abington, Connecticut
DiedSeptember 2, 1857(1857-09-02) (aged 74)
St. Clairsville, Ohio
Political partyDemocratic-Republican



Born in Abington, Connecticut, Ruggles studied law and was admitted to the bar. Ruggles moved to Marietta, Ohio to practice law in 1807, then moved to St. Clairsville, Ohio in 1810.


After serving as a judge in the Ohio state courts from 1810 to 1815, Ruggles was elected to the Senate, serving three terms from 1815-1833. He did not run for re-election in 1832. Ohio Presidential elector in 1836 for Whig William Henry Harrison.[1]

Family lifeEdit

Ruggles married in Connecticut in 1812. His first wife died in St. Clairsville in 1817, and he remarried in 1825.[2]


Ruggles died on September 2, 1857 and was buried in Saint Clairsville Union Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ Taylor 1899 : 193
  2. ^ Caldwell (1880). History of Belmont and Jefferson Counties, Ohio. p. 239.
  3. ^ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress


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