Ohio Historical Society
RUGGLES, Benjamin (1783-1857)

RUGGLES, BENJAMIN, a Senator from Ohio; born in Abington, Windham County, Conn., February 21, 1783; completed preparatory studies; studied law; admitted to the bar and began practice in Marietta, Ohio, in 1807; moved to St. Clairsville, Ohio; presiding judge of the court of common pleas for the third judicial circuit 1810-1815; elected as a Democratic Republican (later Crawford Republican, Adams Republican and Anti-Jacksonian) to the United States Senate in 1815; reelected in 1821 and again in 1827 and served from March 4, 1815, to March 3, 1833; was not a candidate for renomination in 1832; chairman, Committee on the Militia (Fifteenth Congress), Committee on Claims (Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Twentieth through Twenty-second Congresses); presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1836; resumed the practice of law and was also interested in agricultural pursuits; died in St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, September 2, 1857; interment in Union Cemetery.

Cincinnati Historical Society
Cincinnati, OH
Papers: 1841. 1 item.

Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: Letters and photographs in various collections including Thomas Worthington papers, 1795-1827.