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JONAS, Benjamin Franklin, senator, born in Williamstown, Grant County, Kentucky, 19 July, 1834. He removed with his father to Adams county, Illinois, at an early age, and was educated there. He went to reside in New Orleans in 1853, and was graduated at the law department of the University of Louisiana in 1855. He served in the Confederate army, first as a private and afterward as acting adjutant of artillery in Hood's corps of the Army of Tennessee. He was a representative in the legislature in 1865, a delegate to the Democratic national convention of 1868, and was elected a state senator in 1872. He was elected city attorney of ]New Orleans in 1874, and 1876; was again in the legislature in 1876-'7, and was elected United States senator from Louisiana from 4 March, 1879.
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