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Benjamin Albertson Willis (March 24, 1840 - October 14, 1886) was a U.S. Representative from New Yorkmarker.


Born in Roslyn, New Yorkmarker, Willis was graduated from Union Collegemarker in 1861. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1862 and commenced practice in New York Citymarker. During the Civil War, he enlisted in the Union Army in 1862. He served as captain in the One Hundred and Nineteenth New York Volunteers, and subsequently colonel of the Twelfth Regiment, New York State Volunteers. He was honorably discharged in 1864. He resumed the practice of law, and was a member of the New York State Assembly 1872-1878.

Willis was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1879). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Forty-fifth Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878 to the Forty-sixth Congress. He engaged in the practice of law and also in the real estate business. He died in New York City on October 14, 1886. He was interred in Friends Cemetery, Westburymarker, Long Islandmarker. He was reinterred in Woodlawn Cemetery.


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