HART BENTON (1782-1858), nicknamed “Old
Bullion,” was a U.S. Senator from Missouri and a staunch advocate for westward
expansion of the United States. He served in the Senate from 1821 to 1851,
becoming the first member of that body to serve five terms. Benton was an
architect of westward expansion, a cause that became known as Manifest Destiny.
When the War of 1812 broke out, Andrew Jackson made Benton his aide-de-camp, with a commission as lieutenant colonel. Benton was assigned to represent Jackson’s interests to military officials in Washington, DC. In 1813, Benton engaged in a frontier brawl with Jackson and Jackson was wounded in the encounter.
Free Frank on the address page of a letter to William Taylor, Esq. of Lexington, KY.
Some ink offset, not affecting the signature. Otherwise in excellent condition.
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