1855-1930

July 22, 1855, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

October 10, 1930, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Louis was the son of Gustavus Smith Benson and Margaretta Fitzgerald Dale Benson, and husband of Caroline Perot Warren Benson. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania law school, but practiced law only seven years. In 1877, he entered Princeton Theological Seminary, where his father was a trustee.

Upon graduation, Benson was ordained a minister and pastored at the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer in Germantown, Pennsylvania. He also became a leading authority in hymnology; his library eventually grew to 9,000 volumes. In 1895, Benson helped edit The Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. His other works include:

  1. By Roads That Wound Uphill and Down (1927)
  2. For the Bread, Which Thou Hast Broken
  3. From Hands That Would Our Land Deflower
  4. Glory Lit the Wintry Sky, A
  5. Happy Town of Salem
  6. I Name Thy Hallowed Name (1926)
  7. In Lands Across the Sea
  8. King Might Miss the Guiding Star, A
  9. Light of God Is Falling, The
  10. Now the Wintry Days Are O’er
  11. O Christ, Who Didst Our Tasks Fulfill
  12. O Love That Lights the Eastern Sky
  13. O Risen Christ
  14. O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
  15. O Thou Whose Gracious Presence Blest
  16. Open the Door to the Savior
  17. Our Willful Hearts Have Gone Astray
  18. Out of the Skies, Like Angel Eyes
  19. Sun Is on the Land and Sea, The
  20. When I Awake from Slumber
  21. Who Will Teach Me How to Pray?
  22. Winter Night Was Dark and Still, The
  1. Near the Cross, Her Vigil Keeping