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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Benton, James Gilchrist, 1820-1881 Military officer; born in Lebanon, N. H., Sept. 15, 1820; was graduated at West Point Academy in 1842; served continuously in the ordnance department of the army, and as a result of his experiments made many inventions, for none of which did he take out a patent, as he held that having been educated by the government it was entitled to benefit in every way by his time and talent. He published A course of instruction in ordnance and gunnery. He died in Springfield, Mass., Aug. 23, 1881.