Obituaries from the Protestant and Herald Newspaper
April 4, 1844
Frankfort, Kentucky
William W. Hill, Editor

Died in Warsaw, Mo. Yesterday morning, at a quarter past 3o’clock, Benjamin P. Major, Esq. In the 36th year of his age. Mr. Major was a native of Franklin County, Ky., where he lived until the fall of 1835, he then removed to this State [Missouri], where, by a life of energy, perseverance, honesty and probity, he became from a worth mechanic, a prominent member of the bar, and at the time of his death, was a useful and faithful representative from this district in the Senate of Missouri, in which position he had been placed by the partiality of his fellow-citizens of his adopted state.

It is almost a work of supererogation for us to speak of the many virtues which adorned his life—of his benevolence, of his charity, of his kindness of feeling toward his fellow Men.

The tears shed to his memory, that flowed down many a manly cheek, attested the estimation in which he was held by those who knew him best. As a friend, as a neighbor, as a citizen, as a husband and relative, none was more sincere, none more hospitable, more faithful, more affectionate, nor more kind. In our society, by his death, a void is left, a chasm, long ere it will be filled, and each individual mourns his loss as a terrible calamity.

It may be a consolation to his distant friends to know that every attention which could be paid by skillful physicians, and kind friends was assiduously rendered; and although cut down in the prime of life and in the midst of his usefulness, yet his death was not without hope. In his last moments he was calm and dignified, and seemed well assured of a happy immortality.

His remains were followed to their last resting place by the Society of Odd-Fellows, of which he was a member, and a numerous concourse of friends.

Copied by the Protestant and Herald from the Osage Yeoman March 14, 1844.

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