Thomas Hart Benton

Thomas Hart Benton (HM2CFH)

Location: St. Louis, MO 63112
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 39.306', W 90° 17.856'

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Born March 14, 1782

Thomas Hart Benton moved to St. Louis in 1815 and became one of the city's leading citizens. Elected one of Missouri's first two Senators, Benton served five consecutive terms from 1821-1851 and figured prominently in the era's national debates. A staunch advocate for Manifest Destiny, he authored the original Homestead Acts to aid westward expansion. He bitterly opposed the Bank of the United States, and his call for the use of hard money earned him the nickname "Old Bullion." Originally a slaveholder, Benton eventually declared himself against slavery, which cost him his Senate seat and effectively ended his political career in Missouri. Upon his death, Thomas Hart Benton was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery after a funeral procession attended by an estimated 40,000 St. Louisans.
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Date Added Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at 2:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 735156 N 4281969
Decimal Degrees38.65510000, -90.29760000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 39.306', W 90° 17.856'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 39' 18.36" N, 90° 17' 51.36" W
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Area Code(s)314
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6138A Delmar Blvd, St. Louis MO 63112, US
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