Hon. Benjamin Mills, Lawyer and Judge, was born January 12, 1779 in Worcester County, Maryland. When quite young his father emigrated to Pennsylvania where he was educated and studied medicine. While still a youth he was placed at the head of Washington Academy, which afterward became Washington College, Pa. After his father emigrated to Kentucky, he abandoned the study of medicine for that of law, and in 1806 commenced his law practice in Paris, Ky. He soon obtained a large and lucrative practice; was elected to the Legislature, from Bourbon County, for several years; in 1816, he made a race for the United States Senate, but was defeated by Judge Talbot; in the following year became Judge of the Montgomery Circuit; and in 1818, was trasferred to Fayette Circuit, by request of the bar of Fayette. In 1820, he was appointed to a seat on the Appellate bench, filling the position with ability and dignity, and retiring, with great credit and honor in 1828. He soon afterward removed to Frankfort where he engaged, with distinction, in the practice of his profession. He was a clear and forcible public speaker, without being an orator; was, undoubtedly an able lawyer, and rose to eminence at the bar; and although kind and courteous in his relations with men, he aimed in his life to command their respect by inflexible integrity, rather than by winning their affection. Judge Mill died suddenly at Frankfort, December 6, 1831.
Biographical Encyclopedia of Kentucky
J. M. Armstrong & Co., 1878, Cincinnati, Ohio