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Benjamin Stanton (June 4, 1809 – June 2, 1872) was an American politician who served as sixth Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 1862 to 1864.

Benjamin Stanton
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
Preceded byMoses Bledso Corwin
Succeeded byMatthias H. Nichols
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1861
Preceded byMoses Bledso Corwin
Succeeded bySamuel Shellabarger
6th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
January 13, 1862 – January 11, 1864
GovernorDavid Tod
Preceded byRobert C. Kirk
Succeeded byCharles Anderson
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Champaign, Logan and Union Counties district
In office
December 6, 1841 – December 3, 1843
Preceded byDowty Utter
Succeeded byJohn Gabriel, Jr.
Personal details
Born(1809-06-04)June 4, 1809
Mount Pleasant, Ohio
DiedJune 2, 1872(1872-06-02) (aged 62)
Wheeling, West Virginia
Resting placeGreenwood Cemetery
Political partyWhig, Opposition, Republican


The son of Elias & Martha (Wilson) Stanton, he was born in Mount Pleasant, Ohio, Stanton pursued academic studies, and learned the tailor's trade. Stanton studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1834, and began practicing law in Bellefontaine, Ohio.


Stanton served as a member of the Ohio Senate from 1841 to 1843, and as delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1850.

Stanton was elected as a U.S. Representative from Ohio twice. He served as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress, from 1851 to 1853.

From 1855 to 1861, he served as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses. Stanton served as chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs (Thirty-sixth Congress).

Stanton served as lieutenant governor of Ohio in 1862, during the American Civil War. After the battle of Shiloh, in April 1862, at Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, Stanton visited the Union Army and soon published a statement critical of the Union generals. He opined that Ulysses S. Grant and Benjamin M. Prentiss, both appointed from Illinois, should be court-martialed and shot. General William Tecumseh Sherman, appointed from Ohio, published a sharp rebuttal. This led to Stanton's criticizing Sherman as well. In his memoirs, Sherman claimed that after "the good people of the North ha(d) begun to have their eyes opened" (referring perhaps to his own rebuttals of Stanton) Stanton's criticisms of Grant were so soundly rejected that Stanton never again held any public office and that he was commonly spoken of as "the late Mr. Stanton". [1] Stanton's move from Ohio to West Virginia would seem to support that statement.

Stanton moved to Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 1865, and practiced law. He moved to Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1867 and continued the practice of law.


Stanton died in Wheeling on June 2, 1872, and was interred in Greenwood Cemetery in Wheeling, West Virginia.[2]


  1. ^ The Memoirs of General William T. Sherman
  2. ^ "Benjamin Stanton". Find A Grave. Retrieved August 5, 2012.

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