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Benjamin B. Blackburn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by James MacKay
Succeeded by Elliott H. Levitas
Personal details
Benjamin Bentley Blackburn

February 14, 1927 (1927-02-14) (age 94)
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary A. Pandora Blackburn
Children Michael
Residence Jasper, Pickens County
Alma mater University of North Carolina
Emory University School of Law
Occupation Lawyer
Military service
Branch/service United States Navy; United States Naval Reserve
Rank Lieutenant commander
Battles/wars World War II; Korean War

Benjamin Bentley Blackburn (born February 14, 1927) is an American politician. He was a U.S. Representative from Georgia, who served from 1967 to 1975.


In 1966, Blackburn was elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth Congress, having narrowly defeated freshman incumbent James MacKay by 360 votes. In that same election fellow Republican Bo Callaway challenged the Democrat Lester Maddox. Blackburn was reelected to Congress in the three succeeding terms but was unsuccessful in a campaign for reelection in 1974.

Blackburn served as president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation from 1976 until 1985. In 1982, he ran for Governor of Georgia, but was defeated in the Republican primary by State Senator Bob Bell. Bell then lost in the general election to the Democrat Joe Frank Harris.

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