Values Codes I-E-L
Ben Ezekiel was born in 1827, in Tiverton, Devonshire, England.
In 1841, Ben Ezekiel came to the United States.
The Montana Gold Rush
In 1863, Ben Ezekiel settled in Alder Gulch, Montana as a miner at the source of the major Gold Rush area.
Here, he became a vigilante, helping to protect the miners’ gold from stagecoach robbers and other bandits.
Ben Ezekiel helped hang Sheriff Henry Plummer and his gang.
In 1865, Ben Ezekiel became the Commissioner of Madison County.
In 1873 and 1874, Ben Ezekiel served in the Montana Legislature.
Ben Ezekiel served as Chief Clerk of the Territorial House of Representatives for multiple terms as well as Deputy Sheriff.
Ben Ezekiel died in 1885.
He is buried in the Home of Peace Cemetery in Helena, Montana.
- Coleman, Julie L. Golden Opportunities: A Biographical History of Montana’s Jewish Communities. Helena, Montana: SkyHouse Publishers, 1994.
- Moses Morris papers, 1894-1932. Montana Historical Society Research Center – Archives and Photographs Archives. http://18.104.22.168/archivegrid/collection/data/420247227
- Birth/Death Date information from findagrave.com
- Montana Women’s History. http://montanawomenshistory.org/using-quilts-as-a-window-into-montana-womens-history/#more-2082
Samantha Silver is our Curator for this Ben Ezekiel Exhibit.
We need pictures and more information to help fill out this exhibit.