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Born in Augusta County, Virginia, he was the son of David and Jane (McKinley) Logan. At fifteen, Logan's father died and he inherited his 860 acre (3.5 km²) farm. In 1764, he 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 . In 1776, he was appointed sheriff and justice of the peace. During the Revolution, he was the seconding ranking officer in the Kentucky militia, ranked a colonel. He fought Indians north of the Ohio River under the command of George Rogers Clark.
After the Revolution, he was active in Kentucky politics, especially the campaign to establish it as a separate state. He served in the Kentucky legislature after statehood, from 1793 to 1795 and unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1796 and 1800.
Logan County, Ohio is named for him, as is the Benjamin Logan Local School District.
- Charles Gano Talbet. Benjamin Logan: Kentucky Frontiersman. 1962.
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