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Charles Swan Benton (July 12, 1810 Fryeburgmarker, Oxford County, Mainemarker - May 4, 1882 La Crosse, Wisconsinmarker) was an American lawyer and politician from New Yorkmarker.


He pursued preparatory studies before moving to Herkimer County, New Yorkmarker in 1824 to live with an elder brother. Later, he attended Lowville Academy at Lowville, New York. He also learned the tanner’s trade and was the editor of the Mohawk Courier and the Little Falls Gazette 1830-1832. In addition, he studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1835 and commenced practice at Little Falls, New York.

Benton was Surrogate of Herkimer County from 1837 to 1841. He was a judge advocate of the New York State Militia. He was elected as a Democrat to the 28th and 29th United States Congresses, and served from March 4, 1843, to March 3, 1847.

He was Clerk of the New York Court of Appeals from 1847 to 1853, elected in 1847 and 1850. He moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsinmarker in 1855 and subsequently became editor of the Milwaukee News.

Benton was appointed by President Franklin Pierce in 1856 as Register of the United States Land Office at La Crosse, Wisconsinmarker and served until 1861. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1862 to the 38th United States Congress. He engaged in agricultural pursuits near West Salem, Wisconsinmarker and later, in 1865, at Galesburg, Illinoismarker. He returned to La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1869. He served as judge of La Crosse County, Wisconsinmarker 1874-1881. He died in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1882 and was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.

He was a brother of Nathaniel S. Benton.


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