Thomas Hart Benton
Place of birth: Hearts Millet
Citizenship: United States
One of the main senator passions was the territorial expansion of the United States.
Thomas Hart Benton was born in 1782 in Mille Hearts, North Carolina. He studied law, but the early death of his father forced him to take control of the family estate.
In 1799, he carries his family in Tennessee, where 40 thousand acres founded a settlement. Activity Benton made him one of the most influential people of the territory. During the Anglo-American War serves as aide Andrew Jackson. Shortly before the end of the war Bentonuhodit retired from military service and moved to Missouri.
After the adoption of the territory of Missouri in the United States in 1820, Benton became the first senator from the state and does not leave the Congress for 30 years.
One of the main senator passions was the territorial expansion of the United States. In 1825 he said that "the ridge of the Rocky Mountains without irony could be called a truly comfortable, natural and eternal border fortifications. Vdoletoy ridge should hold the western border of the Republic and on the highest top of her erect a statue of the legendary god Terminus, so that from there it would never be moved. "1 But a year later radically changed his position, and becomes one of the ardent supporters of the transcontinental republic.
He did not mince his oratorical gift (and his own money) calls for the organization of the Pony Express, the construction of the transcontinental telegraph and railways. An expedition to map the Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail. He was a supporter of the American undivided ownership Oregon.
During the Mexican War, President Polk Benton tried to appoint commander of the US troops who fought in Mexico, but this was prevented by the reluctance of Congress to appropriate Senator-Colonel rank of general.
Thomas Hart Benton died in 1856.