Benjamin B. Blackburn

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Benjamin B. Blackburn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1975
Preceded byJames MacKay
Succeeded byElliott H. Levitas
Personal details
Benjamin Bentley Blackburn

(1927-02-14) February 14, 1927 (age 96)
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary A. Pandora Blackburn
ResidenceJasper, Pickens County
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina
Emory University School of Law
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy; United States Naval Reserve
RankLieutenant commander
Battles/warsWorld War II; Korean War

Benjamin Bentley Blackburn (born February 14, 1927) is an American politician. He was a U.S. Representative from Georgia, who served from 1967 to 1975.

Career[change | change source]

In 1966, Blackburn was elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth Congress, having narrowly defeated freshman incumbent James MacKay by 360 votes.[1] In that same election fellow Republican Bo Callaway challenged the Democrat Lester Maddox.[2][3] Blackburn was reelected to Congress in the three succeeding terms but was unsuccessful in a campaign for reelection in 1974.

Blackburn served as president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation from 1976 until 1985. In 1982, he ran for Governor of Georgia, but was defeated in the Republican primary by State Senator Bob Bell.[4] Bell then lost in the general election to the Democrat Joe Frank Harris.

References[change | change source]

  1. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections, p. 1277
  2. Billy Hathorn, "the Frustration of Opportunity: Georgia Republicans and the Election of 1966", Atlanta History: A Journal of Georgia and the South, XXXI (Winter 1987-1988), p. 41
  3. Atlanta History, p. 48
  4. Congressional Quarterly's Guide, p. 1677

Other websites[change | change source]

  • United States Congress. "Benjamin B. Blackburn (id: B000506)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-5-13