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MACHEN, Willis Benson, senator, born in Caldwell county, Kentucky, 5 April, 1810. He received a common-school education, became a farmer, and in 1849 was sent to the State constitutional convention. In 1853 he was a member of the state senate, and in 1856 and 1860 of the state house of representatives. He was sent to the 1st Confederate congress from Kentucky, being re-elected to the 2d congress, and serving from ***.2 February, 1862, till April, 1864. On the death of Garrett Davis he was appointed United States senator from Kentucky, and served from 2 December, 1872, till 3 March, 1873.
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