Benjamin West papers, circa 1829 - 1831Manuscript MS-1283

Biography

Benjamin West was born on May 15, 1812, in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1833, and from Harvard Law School in 1836. After graduation he went into practice in Rochester, Illinois. In 1840, West went into wool manufacturing and in 1846, he represented Sangamon County in the Illinois legislature until his death. West died on June 23, 1847 in Rochester, Illinois.

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