BENTON, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

Extended Bibliography

Benton, Thomas Hart. Historical and Legal Examination of that Part of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in the Dred Scott Case, Which Declares the Unconstitutionality of the Missouri Compromise Act, and the Self-extension of the Constitution to Territories, Carrying Slavery Along with it. 1857. Reprint. New York: Johnson Reprint Corp., 1970.

___. Thirty Years’ View; Or, a History of the Workings of the American Government for Thirty Years, from 1820 to 1850. 2 vols. 1854-1856. Reprint. New York: Greenwood Press, 1968.

Brewer, John Eddy. “Thomas Hart Benton and American Nationalism.” Ph.D. dissertation, Florida State University, 1970.

Chambers, William Nisbet. “As the Twig is Bent: The Family and the North Carolina Years of Thomas Hart Benton, 1752-1801.” North Carolina Historical Review 26 (October 1949): 385-416.

___. Old Bullion Benton, Senator from the New West: Thomas Hart Benton, 1782-1858. 1956. Reprint. New York: Russell Russell, 1970.

Eichert, Magdalen. “A Consideration of the Interests Which Lay Behind the Attitudes of Benton, Clay, Webster, and Calhoun in the Development of Public Land Policy, 1830-1841.” Ph.D. dissertation, New York University, 1950.

Frmont, Jessie Benton. “Sketch of the Life of Senator Benton, in Connection with Western Expansion.” In Memoirs of My Life, by John Charles Frmont, pp. 1-17. Chicago: Belford, Clarke Co., 1887.

Hansen, William A. “Thomas Hart Benton and the Oregon Question.” Missouri Historical Review 63 (July 1969): 489-97.

Kennedy, John F. “Thomas Hart Benton.” In Profiles in Courage, pp. 81-99. 1956. Reprint. New York: Harper Brothers, 1961.

McCandless, Perry G. “Benton v. Barton: The Formation of the Second-Party System in Missouri.” Missouri Historical Review 79 (July 1985): 425-38.

___. “The Political Philosophy and Political Personality of Thomas Hart Benton.” Missouri Historical Review 50 (January 1956): 145-58.

___. “The Rise of Thomas H. Benton in Missouri Politics.” Missouri Historical Review 50 (October 1955): 16-29.

___. “Thomas Hart Benton, His Source of Political Strength in Missouri from 1815 to 1838.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Missouri, 1953.

McClure, C.H. “Early Opposition to Thomas Hart Benton.”Missouri Historical Review 10 (April 1916): 151-96.

___. “Opposition in Missouri to Thomas Hart Benton.” Ph.D. dissertation, George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University, 1926.

Meigs, William Montgomery. The Life of Thomas Hart Benton. 1904. Reprint. New York: Da Capo Press, 1970.

Merkel, Benjamin C. “The Slavery Issue and the Political Decline of Thomas Hart Benton, 1846-1856.” Missouri Historical Review 38 (July 1944): 388-407.

Morton, John D. “‘This Magnificent New World’: Thomas Hart Benton’s Westward Vision Reconsidered." Missouri Historical Review 90 (April 1996): 284-308.

Morton, John D. “‘A High Wall and a Deep Ditch’: Thomas Hart Benton and the Compromise of 1850." Missouri Historical Review 94 (October 1999): 1-24.

Mueller, Ken S. Senator Benton and the People: Master Race Democracy on the Early American Frontiers. Dekalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2014.

Ray, P.O. “The Retirement of Thomas H. Benton from the Senate and Its Significance.” Missouri Historical Review 2 (October 1907): 1-14; (January 1908): 97-111.

Rogers, Joseph Morgan. Thomas Hart Benton. Philadelphia: G.W. Jacobs Co., 1905.

Roosevelt, Theodore. Thomas H. Benton. 1899. Reprint. New York: AMS Press, 1972. Originally published in 1887 as Life of Thomas Hart Benton.

Sayles, Stephen. “Thomas Hart Benton and the Santa Fe Trail.” Missouri Historical Review 69 (October 1974): 1-22.

Shalhope, Robert E. “Thomas Hart Benton and Missouri State Politics: A Re-Examination.” Bulletin of the Missouri Historical Society 25 (April 1969): 171-91.

Smith, Elbert B. Magnificent Missourian: The Life of Thomas Hart Benton. 1957. Reprint. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1973.

___. “Thomas Hart Benton: The First Civil War Revisionist.” Midwest Quarterly 6 (October 1964): 45-56.

___. “Thomas Hart Benton: Southern Realist.” American Historical Review 58 (July 1953): 795-807.

Squires, Monas N. “A New View of the Election of Barton and Benton to the United States Senate in 1820.” Missouri Historical Review 27 (October 1932): 28-45.

Thompson, Carol L. “ ‘Old Bullion.’ ‘’ Current History 16 (May 1949): 281-85.

Weiner, Alan S. “John Scott, Thomas Hart Benton, David Barton, and the Presidential Election of 1824: A Case Study in Pressure Politics.” Missouri Historical Review 60 (July 1966): 460-94.

Welsh, Michael E. “Legislating a Homestead Bill: Thomas Hart Benton and the Second Seminole War.” Florida Historical Quarterly 57 (October 1978): 157-72.