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John S. Benham photograph collection

 Collection — Folder: SP055
Identifier: SP055

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs and ephemera of John S. Benham in Ripley County, Indiana ranging from 1906 to 1922 and undated regarding his teaching and political career, which include several group photographs of teachers and students, a group of workers with timber on two wagons, and a group of U.S. congressmen in Canada. There are also two cards promoting Benham for Congress.


  • 1906-1922, undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

John Samuel Benham was an educator and U.S. congressman in the early 20th century. He was born on a farm near Benham, Ripley County, Indiana on October 24, 1863 to John and Mary Jane (Benefiel) Benham. He worked as a teacher in several places in Indiana from 1882 to 1907 and worked as superintendant of schools in Ripley County. In 1907, he returned to Benham and entered into the timber, milling, contracting, and agricultural business. In 1916, Benham was a delegate to the Republican National Convention and later he was elected as a Republican candidate to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1919 to 1923. He was unsuccessful in seeking reelection in 1922. In 1923, Benham moved to Batesville, Indiana and engaged as a building contractor. He also resumed the position of superintendent of schools in Ripley County from 1924 to 1929. Benham retired in 1931 and continued residing in Batesville until his death on December 11, 1935.

Sources: "John Samuel Benham." Find a Grave Memorials. Access July 12, 2019.

United States Congress. "Benham, John Samuel, (1863-1935)." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed July 12, 2019.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S0104: John S. Benham collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/07/12 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2019/07/12 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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