Clerk in the Pennsylvania land office.
Later opened a dry goods store. Active in Philadelphia militia.
Son of James and Hannah (Helspy) Benson. Married; had issue.
First letter in correspondence: August 1, 1786; Francis White, The Philadelphia Directory (Philadelphia, 1785), p. 9; W. A. Newman Dorland, “The Second Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry,” PMHB, xlvi (1922), 270.