1855–1930

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Born: Ju­ly 22, 1855, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: Oc­to­ber 10, 1930, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: Laur­el Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Biography

Louis was the son of Gus­ta­vus Smith Ben­son and Mar­ga­ret­ta Fitz­ger­ald Dale Ben­son, and husband of Car­o­line Per­ot War­ren.

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, then 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.

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