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Sen. Benjamin Tappan

Male 1773 - 1857  (83 years)


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  • Name Sen. Benjamin Tappan  [1
    Born 25 May 1773  Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Apr 1857  Steubenville, Jefferson, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Person ID I20862  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 25 Jan 2019 

    Father Benjamin Tappan,   b. 21 Oct 1747, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1831, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Sarah Holmes,   b. 2 Jan 1748, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1826, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 22 Oct 1770  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8
    Family ID F12357  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth "Betsy" Lord,   b. 16 Jul 1784, Lyme, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1840  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 1823  [4
    Children 
    +1. Eli Todd Tappan,   b. 30 Apr 1824, Steubenville, Jefferson, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1888, Columbus, Franklin, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 25 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F12398  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "[A]n Ohio judge and Democratic politician who served in the Ohio State Senate and the United States Senate. He was an early settler of the Connecticut Western Reserve in northeastern Ohio and was one of the first settlers in Portage County and the founder of the city of Ravenna, Ohio." [Wikipedia]

      "TAPPAN, Benjamin, a Senator from Ohio; born in Northampton, Mass., May 25, 1773; attended the public schools; apprenticed as printer and engraver; traveled to the West Indies; studied painting with Gilbert Stuart; studied law; admitted to the bar in Hartford, Conn., and commenced practice in Ravenna, Ohio, in 1799; member, State senate 1803-1805; moved to Steubenville, Ohio, in 1809 and continued the practice of law; served in the War of 1812; held several local offices; county judge; judge of the fifth Ohio Circuit Court of Common Pleas 1816-1823; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1832; United States district judge of Ohio 1833; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1839, to March 3, 1845; chairman, Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses (Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses), Committee on the Library (Twenty-seventh Congress); censured by the Senate in 1844 for breach of confidence for passing copies of a proposed treaty with Texas to the press; died in Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, April 20, 1857; interment in Union Cemetery." [Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress]

      An Ohio state historical marker placed in the year 2000 at Ravenna reads: "BENJAMIN TAPPAN, JR. (1773-1857) - The founder of Ravenna Township in 1799, Benjamin Tappan, Jr. led a distinguished life of public service. An aggressive force in local politics, he served in the Ohio Senate from 1803 to 1805, as judge of the fifth court of common pleas from 1816 to 1823, and as a federal district judge from 1826 to 1833. Tappan served as aid-de-camp to Major General Elijah Wadsworth following the surrender of Detroit in the War of 1812, provisioning and arming local militia units defending the northwest frontier against a possible British invasion."

  • Sources 
    1. [S2492] The Ely Ancestry: Lineage of Richard Ely of Plymouth, England, Who Came to Boston, Mass., About 1655, & Settled at Lyme, Conn, in 1660 by Moses S. Beach and William Ely; ed. George B. Vanderpoel. New York: The Calumet Press, 1902.

    2. [S2651] Memoir of Mrs. Sarah Tappan: Taken in Part from the Home Missionary Magazine, of November, 1828, and Printed for Distribution Among Her Descendants by Sarah Homes Tappan. New York: West & Trow, 1834.

    3. [S2439] Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress.

    4. [S2662] Tappan-Toppan Genealogy: Ancestors and Descendants of Abraham Toppan of Newbury, Massachusetts, 1606-1672 by Daniel Langdon Tappan. Arlington, Massachusetts, 1915.

    5. [S2583] Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, on Ancestry.com.

    6. [S2651] Memoir of Mrs. Sarah Tappan: Taken in Part from the Home Missionary Magazine, of November, 1828, and Printed for Distribution Among Her Descendants by Sarah Homes Tappan. New York: West & Trow, 1834., year only.

    7. [S2657] Genealogy of the Family of George Marsh, Who Came from England in 1635 and Settled in Hingham, Mass. by E. J. Marsh. Leominster, Massachusetts: F. N. Boutwell, 1887., date only.

    8. [S2662] Tappan-Toppan Genealogy: Ancestors and Descendants of Abraham Toppan of Newbury, Massachusetts, 1606-1672 by Daniel Langdon Tappan. Arlington, Massachusetts, 1915., date only.