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#TheHistoryProject - Stephen Benton Elkins – Businessman; U.S. Senator & Secretary of War


Sometimes the path to greatness goes through some unsavory territory. Before Stephen Benton Elkins rose to prominence, his rise included business dealings that remain a dark part of our nation’s history.  He came to West Virginia from the American Southwest when he married into a U.S. Senator’s family, whose support would eventually make him a Senator, too.

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