Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Representative Egbert Benson

Egbert Benson (1746-1833)

Painting (1792) by John Trumbull (1756-1843)

Courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery

Representative Egbert Benson
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Life dates: 21 June 1746-24 August 1833
Place of Residence (1789): Red Hook, Dutchess County, New York
Occupation (1789): Lawyer
Place of Birth: New York, New York
Age (March 4, 1789): 42
Religion (1789): Dutch Reformed Church
College Education: Kings College [Columbia University]
Marital Status (1789): Single
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: None
Prior Political Offices: Provincial Congress
New York Attorney General
State Legislature
Confederation Congress
Delegate to Federal Convention: No
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: No
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions): Strong
Last year of continuous service in House: 1793
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