(c.1742 – December 11, 1802) was an American
pioneer, soldier, and politician from Shelby County, Kentucky
. As colonel of the Kentucky County militia
during the American Revolutionary War
, he was second-in-command of militia in Kentucky
. Logan was a leader in Kentucky
's efforts to become a state. His brother, John Logan
, was the first state treasurer of Kentucky.
Benjamin was born in Augusta County, Virginia
, the eldest son of David (1706–1757) and Jane (McKinley) Logan. At fifteen, Logan's father died, and Benjamin inherited his father's 860 acre (3.5 km²) farm. He would marry Ann Montgomery in 1772, and they raised eight children.
In 1764, Logan saw service in Henry Bouquet
's campaign against the Shawnee Indians
. In 1774, he was a lieutenant in Lord Dunmore's War
. The next year he moved to Kentucky
, then still part of Virginia
, starting the settlement of St. Asaph's, near Stanford
, building Logan's Fort there.
In 1776, he was appointed sheriff
and justice of the peace
. During the Revolution, he was the second ranking officer in the Virginia militia for Kentucky County, as colonel
; and later became a general. He fought Indians north of the Ohio River
, under the command of George Rogers Clark
, as well as in Kentucky. Logan and Clark were in frequent disagreement over strategy.
After the Revolution, Logan was active in Kentucky politics, especially the campaign to establish it as a separate state. He served as the... Read More