BENTON COUNTY derives its name from Thomas Hart Benton. The long-time Missouri statesman served in the United States Senate from 1821 to 1851, and as a Representative in Congress from 1853 to 1855.
Benton was the father-in-law of John C. Fremont, well-known explorer and army officer.
Senator Benton is sometimes confused with his grand-nephew, regionalist artist Thomas H. Benton. The younger Benton lived in Kansas City and was a contemporary of Harry Truman.
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