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Thomas Hart Benton kills opponent in a duel...

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November 05, 1817

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Massachusetts, November 5, 1817

* Thomas Hart Benton in a duel
* Kills Charles Lucas
* Andrew Jackson

On page 2 under "Missouri" is a report from St. Louis dated "Sept. 29" that reads in full: "On Saturday last Charles Lucas, Esq. a lawyer, was honorably murdered in this place, by Col. Benton, another lawyer. The quarrel originated in an electioneering canvas. The parties had met before, and Lucas had been wounded. On his recovery, they met again, and Lucas was shot through the breast..."

Benton, a famous Missouri politician and bitter enemy of Andrew Jackson, was nicknamed "Old Bullion".

Other news of the day with ads throughout. Minor margin wear, otherwise good.

Category: Pre-Civil War