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Benjamin Franklin Thomas
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Trustee of the Boston Public Library, 1877-1878. Born 1818 and died 1878 in Boston. Lawyer and congressman. Benjamin F. Thomas was a graduate of Brown University in 1830, studying law in Worcester where he was admitted to the bar in 1834. He served as a judge of probate in Worcester County and was appointed an associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, sitting on the bench between 1853 and 1859. Following his service as an associate justice, Benjamin Thomas set up a law practice in Boston and was a Representative for the Massachusetts Third District from 1861-1863. He was a trustee for just over a year before his death in September 1878.

Sources:
Kestenbaum, Lawrence. “Index of Politicians: Thomas, A to B”, The Politicial Graveyard: A Database of Historic Cemeteries [online database] at < http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/thomas1.html >.
Professional and Industrial History of Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Boston: Boston History Company, 1894.

Wadlin, Horace G. The Public Library of the City of Boston: A History. Boston: Trustees of the Boston Public Library, 1911.

Whitehill, Walter Muir. Boston Public Library: A Centennial History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1956.