1829–1896
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© National Portrait Gallery

Ju­ly 14, 1829, Birm­ing­ham, Eng­land.

Oc­to­ber 11, 1896, Ha­war­den, Flint­shire, Eng­land.

Can­ter­bu­ry Ca­thed­ral, Eng­land.

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Benson was ed­u­cat­ed at King Ed­ward’s School in Birm­ing­ham, and at Trin­i­ty Col­lege, Cam­bridge. At Cam­bridge he earned his degree in 1852 as sen­ior op­t­ime and first class Clas­sic­al Tri­pos, also win­ning the dis­tinc­tion of Sen­ior Chan­cel­lor’s Clas­sic­al Med­al­ist. He sub­se­quent­ly be­came a fel­low of Tri­ni­ty Col­lege.

In 1852, he passed from Cam­bridge to Rug­by as as­sist­ant mas­ter, and in 1859 from Rug­by to Well­ing­ton Col­lege, where he was head­mas­ter for 14 years.

In 1872 he moved to Lin­coln, as chan­cel­lor of the ca­thed­ral; in 1877 from Lin­coln to Trur­o, as first bi­shop of that di­o­cese. He left Tru­ro in 1883 to be­come Arch­bi­shop of Can­ter­bu­ry. He al­so served as Pre­ben­da­ry of Lin­coln and Chap­lain to the Queen.

Benson con­trib­ut­ed to the Dic­tion­a­ry of Chris­tian Bi­og­ra­phy; co-ed­it­ed the 1856 ed­i­tion of the Rug­by School Hymn-book; edited the Well­ing­ton Col­lege Cha­pel Hymn Book, 1860, 1863 & 1873; trans­lat­ed var­i­ous La­tin and Greek hymns; and wrote:

  1. O Throned, O Crowned with All Re­nown
  2. Spake the Glo­ri­ous Lord in Hea­ven
  1. Angulare Fun­da­men­tum
  2. Tristes er­ant Apos­to­li
  3. Dies Ir­ae
  4. O Lu­ce Qui mor­tal­i­bus
  5. Te lu­cis an­te ter­mi­num