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Benjamin F. Hopkins

Benjamin F. Hopkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1867 – January 1, 1870
Preceded by Ithamar Sloan
Succeeded by David Atwood
Personal details
Born April 22, 1829
Hebron, New York
Died January 1, 1870(1870-01-01) (aged 40)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political party Republican

Benjamin Franklin Hopkins (April 22, 1829 – January 1, 1870) was a nineteenth-century politician, secretary and telegraph operator from Wisconsin.

Born in Hebron, New York, Hopkins attended the common schools as a child and later became a telegraph operator. He moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 1849 and served as a private secretary to Governor Coles Bashford in 1856 and 1857. He was a member of the Wisconsin Senate in 1862 and 1863 and served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1866. Hopkins was elected a Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1866 as part of the 40th United States Congress to represent Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district. He was reelected to the 41st Congress and served from 1867 until his death in Madison, Wisconsin on January 1, 1870. His death created a vacancy in congress that was filled by David Atwood for the remainder of the 41st Congress. There, he served as chairman of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds from 1869 to 1870. He was interred in Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison.

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Preceded by
Ithamar Sloan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1867 – January 1, 1870
Succeeded by
David Atwood


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