Benjamin Stanton

Benjamin Stanton

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1851  March 3, 1853
Preceded by Moses Bledso Corwin
Succeeded by Matthias H. Nichols
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1855  March 3, 1861
Preceded by Moses Bledso Corwin
Succeeded by Samuel Shellabarger
6th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
January 13, 1862  January 11, 1864
Governor David Tod
Preceded by Robert C. Kirk
Succeeded by Charles Anderson
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the Champaign, Logan and Union Counties district
In office
December 6, 1841  December 3, 1843
Preceded by Dowty Utter
Succeeded by John Gabriel, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1809-06-04)June 4, 1809
Mount Pleasant, Ohio
Died June 2, 1872(1872-06-02) (aged 62)
Wheeling, West Virginia
Resting place Greenwood Cemetery
Political party Whig, Opposition, Republican

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


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.

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.[1]


  1. "Benjamin Stanton". Find A Grave. Retrieved August 5, 2012.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Moses B. Corwin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Matthias H. Nichols
Preceded by
Moses B. Corwin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Samuel Shellabarger
Political offices
Preceded by
Rutherford B. Hayes
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Richard M. Bishop
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