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date: 28 May 2020

Wade, Benjamin Franklinlocked

(27 October 1800–02 March 1878)
  • Hans L. Trefousse


Wade, Benjamin Franklin (27 October 1800–02 March 1878), U.S. senator, was born in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts, the son of James Wade and Mary Upham, farmers. The Wades were poor, and their children had little formal education. In 1821 Wade moved with his family to Andover, Ohio, where he supported himself as a farmer, teacher, and drover. For a time, he even worked as a laborer on the Erie Canal but returned to study law with Elisha Whittlesey in Canfield. Admitted to the Ohio bar in 1828, he settled in Jefferson, where in 1831 he entered into a partnership with ...

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