Johnson N. Camden
|Stephen Benton Elkins
38th United States
Secretary of War
US Senator (Class 2)
from West Virginia
Daniel S. Lamont
ELKINS, Stephen Benton, (father of Davis Elkins), a Delegate from the Territory of New Mexico and a Senator from West Virginia; born in Perry County, Ohio, September 26, 1841; moved with his parents to Westport, Mo.; attended the public schools and graduated from the law department of the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1860; during the Civil War enlisted in the Union Army as a captain in the Kansas Militia; moved to the Territory of New Mexico in 1864; admitted to the bar in 1864 and commenced practice in Messila, N.Mex.; member, Territorial house of representatives 1864-1865; district attorney for the Territory of New Mexico 1866-1867; attorney general of the Territory 1867; United States district attorney for the Territory 1867-1870; elected as a Republican Delegate to the Forty-third and Forty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1877); was not a candidate for renomination in 1876; moved to Elkins, W.Va., which he founded, around 1890; extensive interests in developing natural resources and industry in West Virginia; appointed Secretary of War by President Benjamin Harrison 1891-1893; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in February 1895; reelected in 1901 and 1907, and served from March 4, 1895, until his death in Washington, D.C., January 4, 1911; chairman, Committee on the Geological Survey (Fifty-sixth and Fifty-ninth Congresses), Committee on Interstate Commerce (Fifty-seventh through Sixty-first Congresses).
Stephen Benton Elkins, Sr married Sarah Simms Jacobs on June 10, 1866.
Stephen Benton Elkins, Sr married Hallie Davis, daughter of Henry Davis, in 1875.
Served from March 4, 1895 to his death, January 4, 1911
Stephen Elkins, Sr died in office in Washington, D.C., January 4, 1911
He is buried in the in Maplewood Cemetery, Elkins, W.Va.
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