BENJAMIN, Adam, Jr. (1935-1982)

BENJAMIN, ADAM, JR., a Representative from Indiana; born in Gary, Lake County, Ind., August 6, 1935; attended the public elementary schools of Gary; graduated, Kemper Military (high) School, Boonville, Mo., 1952; B.S., United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 1958; J.D., Valparaiso (Ind.) Law School, 1966; admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1966 and commenced practice in Gary; served in United States Marine Corps, corporal, 1952-1954; United States Army, first lieutenant, 1958-1961; teacher, Edison High School, Gary, 1961; employed as computer analyst, Chicago, Ill., 1962; served as zoning administrator, Gary, 1964-1965; executive secretary to the mayor of Gary, 1965-1967; served in Indiana house of representatives, 1967-1971; Indiana senate, 1971-1976; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fifth, Ninety-sixth, and Ninety-seventh Congresses; served from January 3, 1977, until his death on September 7, 1982, in Washington, D.C.; interment at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, Ind.

Indiana University Northwest Library
Calumet Regional Archives
Gary, IN
Papers: 1976-1982, 74 linear feet.
The papers of Adam Benjamin contain constituent files, local and national steel industry files, Congressional Steel Caucus files, project files dealing with public works in the Calumet Region, legislative files, appropriations files, budget committee files, bill files, schedule files, reports and printed materials files, and photos, relating to Adam Benjamin's service in U.S. Congress. Topics include local economic development, transportation, urban renewal, and environmental programs in the Calumet Region. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Media Burn Independent Video Archive
Chicago, IL
Videocassette: In the Assyrian Destiny in the Middle East, [videorecording]1980, 1 videocassette.
Persons represented include Adam Benjamin. He reports on the "systematic extermination of the Assyrian minorities as well as other Christian minorities in the Middle East." Congressman Benjamin also describes refugee programs as short-term solutions and outlines the need for the creation of an Assyrian homeland.

  • Memorial services held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States, together with tributes presented in eulogy of Adam Benjamin, Jr., late a Representative from Indiana, Ninety-seventh Congress, second session. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1982.