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Benson, Sr., Henry N.

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

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Nicollet, Sibley

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 8/1/1872
Birth Place: , Minnesota
Birth County: Nicollet
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 5/10/1960
Gender: Male
Religion:
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
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 Attorney: St. Peter, Minnesota (City Attorney and Clerk); 1898 to 1911
State Attorney General: Minnesota; 11/20/1929 to 01/1933

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Lillian M. Marchant (married in 1904)
Children: Three children: (2 daughters), Henry N. Jr. (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

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.

He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 4382

SESSIONS SERVED

42nd Legislative Session (1921-1922) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 15
Elected: 11/5/1918
Residence: Saint Peter
Term of Office: 1/7/1919 to 1/1/1923
Counties Represented: Nicollet, Sibley
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Nonpartisan Election
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Agricultural Markets
  • Education
  • Elections (Chair)
  • Finance
  • Judiciary
  • Public Highways
  • Rules

41st Legislative Session (1919-1920)

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

40th Legislative Session (1917-1918) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 15
Elected: 11/3/1914
Residence: Saint Peter
Term of Office: 1/5/1915 to 1/6/1919
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

39th Legislative Session (1915-1916)

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

38th Legislative Session (1913-1914) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 20
Elected: 11/8/1910
Residence: Saint Peter
Term of Office: 1/3/1911 to 1/4/1915
Counties Represented: Nicollet
Occupation: Practicing Law
Party: Republican
Committees:
  • Corporations
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Hospitals for the Insane (Chair)
  • Judiciary
  • Normal Schools
  • Railroads
  • Reapportionment

37th Legislative Session (1911-1912)

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