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

Senator Benjamin Hawkins

Benjamin Hawkins

Print (ca. 1810-1890) by Max Rosenthal

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Benjamin Hawkins
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Life dates: 15 August 1754-6 June 1818
Place of Residence (1789): Warren County, North Carolina
Occupation (1789): Planter
Place of Birth: Warren County, North Carolina
Age (March 4, 1789): 35
Religion (1789): Unknown
College Education: College of New Jersey [Princeton]
Marital Status (1789): Single
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: Officer, Continental Army
Prior Political Offices: State Legislature
Confederation Congress
Delegate to Federal Convention: No
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: Yes
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Moderate/Strong
Last year of continuous service in Senate: 1795
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