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Maecenas Eason Benton
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From Volume 1 of 1899's Autobiographies and Portraits of the President, Cabinet, Supreme Court, and Fifty-fifth Congress
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1905
Preceded by Charles Germman Burton
Succeeded by Cassius M. Shartel
Personal details
Born January 29, 1848
Dyersburg, Tennessee
Died April 27, 1924(1924-04-27) (aged 76)
Springfield, Missouri
Resting place Odd Fellows Cemetery, Neosho, Missouri
Political party Democratic
Children Thomas Hart Benton
Alma mater Saint Louis University
Profession Lawyer
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America Confederate States of America
Branch/service  Confederate States of America Army
Battles/wars American Civil War

Maecenas Eason Benton (January 29, 1848 – April 27, 1924) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri. He was the father of Thomas Hart Benton, who gained fame as a painter of the American Scene.


Born near Dyersburg, Tennessee, Benton attended two west Tennessee academies and Saint Louis University. He was graduated from the Cumberland School of Law at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1870. He served in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Neosho, Missouri. He served as prosecuting attorney of Newton County, Missouri, from 1878 to 1884 and subsequently the United States attorney from March 1885 to July 1889. He also served as delegate to the 1896 Democratic National Convention. On June 24, 1888 he married Elizabeth Wise of Waxahachie, Texas.

Congressional career

Benton was elected as a Democrat to the 55th, 56th, 57th, and 58th congresses (March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1905). An unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1904 to the 59th Congress, he resumed his law practice in Neosho, Missouri, and served as member of the State constitutional conventions in 1922 and 1924. He died in Springfield, Missouri, April 27, 1924 of throat cancer and was interred in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Neosho, Missouri.

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