Benson

Benson, Henry Nathaniel

Senate 1911-14 (District 20); Senate 1915-22 (District 15)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Brown, Nicollet, Redwood, Sibley

Henry Nathaniel Benson, Sr. (1Aug 1872 - 10 May 1960) was born in Nicollet County, Minn., the son of Peter Benson and Malena (Pehrson) Benson; Benson graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College╣ in 1893 and from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1895. He was married 27 Sep 1904 to Lillian M. Marchant. He had his own law practice in St. Peter. He served in the Minnesota State Senate from 1910-1922 and was the state's Attorney General from 1929-1932. He was also a Nicollet County Probate Judge and organized and served as President and director of the Nicollet County Historical Society, as well as being President of the Minnesota State Historical Society from 1902-1944.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 8/1/1872 Date of Death (if known or applicable):  05/10/1960
Birth Place:  Minnesota Birth County:     Nicollet Birth Country:   United States
Town:     Norseland (Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, 1912)
Gender:   Male Religion:   Lutheran
City of Residence (when first elected):   Saint Peter
Occupation (when first elected):   Practicing Law

EDUCATION

Nicollet County District Schools; Elementary School;
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota; College Graduate; 1893
University of Minnesota, Law School; Law Degree; 1895; Admitted ot Practice, 1895

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Municipal AttorneySt. Peter, Minnesota (City Attorney and Clerk) ??/??/1898 to ??/??/1911
State Attorney GeneralMinnesota 11/20/1929 to 01/??/1933

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Lillian M. Marchant (married in 1904)
Children: Three children: (2 daughters), Henry N. Jr. (son)▓

GENERAL NOTES

  • He was born on a farm.
  • He moved to St. Peter, Minnesota in 1895.
  • He was a member of the Board of Trustees for Gustavus Adolphus College for more than 40 years.³
  • Legislative Session: 42nd (1921-1922) (second half of Senate term)  
    Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/1918 Term of Office: 1/7/1919 to 1/1/1923
    District: 15 Residence: Saint Peter
    Counties Represented: Nicollet, Sibley
    Occupation: Lawyer
    Party: Nonpartisan Election
    Committees:
    Agriculture and Agricultural Markets
    Education
    Elections (Chair)
    Finance
    Judiciary
    Public Highways
    Rules

    Legislative Session: 41st (1919-1920)   term photo
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    Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/1918 Term of Office: 1/7/1919 to 1/1/1923
    District: 15 Residence: Saint Peter
    Counties Represented: Nicollet, Sibley
    Occupation: Lawyer
    Party: Nonpartisan Election
    Committees:
    Banks and Banking
    Corporations
    Education (Chair)
    Finance
    Judiciary
    Rules

    Legislative Session: 40th (1917-1918) (second half of Senate term)   term photo
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    Body: Senate Elected: 11/3/1914 Term of Office: 1/5/1915 to 1/6/1919
    District: 15 Residence: Saint Peter
    Counties Represented: Nicollet, Sibley
    Occupation: Lawyer
    Party: Nonpartisan Election
    Committees:
    Banks and Banking
    Education and Educational Institutions (Chair)
    Finance
    Judiciary
    Public Institutions and Buildings
    Rules and Legislative Expenses

    Legislative Session: 39th (1915-1916)   term photo
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    Body: Senate Elected: 11/3/1914 Term of Office: 1/5/1915 to 1/6/1919
    District: 15 Residence: Saint Peter
    Counties Represented: Nicollet, Sibley
    Occupation: Lawyer
    Party: Nonpartisan Election
    Committees:
    Education and Educational Institutions (Chair)
    Finance
    Judiciary
    Judiciary Subcommittee: Courts, Judicial and Public Officers
    Judiciary Subcommittee: Insurance
    Judiciary Subcommittee: Railroads (Chair)
    Public Institutions and Buildings
    Rules and Legislative Expenses

    Legislative Session: 38th (1913-1914) (second half of Senate term)   term photo
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    Body: Senate Elected: 11/8/1910 Term of Office: 1/3/1911 to 1/4/1915
    District: 20 Residence: Saint Peter
    Counties Represented: Nicollet
    Occupation: Practicing Law
    Party: Republican
    Committees:
    Corporations
    Education
    Finance
    Hospitals for the Insane (Chair)
    Judiciary
    Normal Schools
    Railroads
    Reapportionment

    Legislative Session: 37th (1911-1912)  
    Body: Senate Elected: 11/8/1910 Term of Office: 1/3/1911 to 1/4/1915
    District: 20 Residence: Saint Peter
    Counties Represented: Nicollet
    Occupation: Practicing Law
    Party: Republican
    Committees:
    Corporations
    Finance
    Hospitals for Insane (Chair)
    Insurance
    Judiciary
    Normal Schools
    Printing
    Railroads
    Roads and Bridges


    OTHER INFORMATION



    ³—Benson, Henry N., Sr. served on the Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees from 1902-1944. He was Treasurer from May 1903 - March 1906 and President from December 1916 - May 1944, after which he elected President emeritus. He was also Chairman of the Committee for the Augustana Pension Fund and as the founder and first President of the Lutheran Brotherhood of the Augustana Lutheran Church.

    Articles & Books About
    Henry N. Benson Memorial. Minnesota Journal of the Senate, March 29, 1961, p. 1085-1086.


    The Benson family poses for a Christmas portrait in 1959 (click on image to enlarge).


    Gloria Benson poses at Adolphus College in 2012 (click on image to enlarge).


    The Benson clan at the memorial for the late, great Gloria Martell Benson in 2016. TOP ROW, L-R: Brittany Benson, Craig Benson, Julie Italiano, Todd Benson, Becca Benson, Peter Yager, Maria Benson; BOTTOM ROW, L-R: Mark Nelson, Melanie Marchant Benson, Rush Benson, Nikko Benson, Ian Cook, Anna Marie Italiano, Dominick Italiano.

    RIP, Gloria, and THANK YOU forever!