Enloe, Benjamin S.

Born: 1798-XX-XX South Carolina


Enloe was born around 1798 in South Carolina and he moved to Illinois some time prior to 1830. Enloe represented Johnson County in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1832-34. He returned to the Illinois General Assembly to represent Johnson County again from 1836-38 but resigned upon his election as warden of the Illinois State Penitentiary at Alton in January 1837. The legislature took three votes for warden in 1837; Abraham Lincoln, who was a member of the House of Representatives, voted against Enloe all three times. However, when Enloe posted a $10,000 performance bond for his position as warden, Lincoln and nine others signed the bond as sureties. Enloe served as warden of the Penitentiary until July 21, 1837; he sued the state auditor for the remainder of the salary for his two-year term but lost the suit in the Illinois Supreme Court. By 1850 Enloe was engaged in farming in Massac County and owned $600 in real estate.

U.S. Census Office, Fifth Census of the United States (1830), Johnson County, IL, 66; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 203, 205; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Massac County, 818:59, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Massac County, IL, 228; Illinois House Journal. 1836. 10th G. A., 1st sess., 276-79; Bond for Benjamin S. Enloe as Warden of State Penitentiary; People ex rel. Enloe v. Auditor of Public Accounts, 2 Ill. (1 Scammon) (1838) 536-38.