Benjamin Logan

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Benjamin Logan (c.1742 – December 11, 1802) was an American pioneer, soldier, and politician from Shelby County, Kentucky. As colonel of the Kentucky County militia of Virginia 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...
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