Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925, English author; eldest son of Archbishop Benson. He was master at Eton (1885-1903) and at Magdalene College, Cambridge (1915-25). His works include poetry; novels; essays, notably From a College Window (1902); critical studies; and biographies of his father and brother Hugh.

See his Memories and Friends (1924); selections from his diary (ed. by P. Lubbock, 1926).

Benson, Edward Frederic, 1867-1940, English author; 3d son of Archbishop Benson. He wrote several biographies and reflections on contemporary society, but he is chiefly remembered for his lightly satirical novels, notably Dodo (1893) and the series about Lucia Pillson, the first of which was Queen Lucia (1920). His archaeological work in Athens (1892-95) resulted in two novels on Greece, The Vintage (1898) and The Capsina (1899).
Benson, Edward White, 1829-96, archbishop of Canterbury, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was appointed (1877) the first bishop of Truro, and in 1882 he was appointed archbishop of Canterbury. His clerical writings include Cyprian (1897) and Apocalypse (1900). Three of his four sons became notable literary figures—A. C. Benson, E. F. Benson, and R. H. Benson.
Benson, Ezra Taft, 1899-1994, U.S. secretary of agriculture (1953-61), b. Whitney, Idaho. An extension economist and marketing specialist at the Univ. of Idaho (1930-38) and executive secretary of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (1939-44), he was chairman of the board of trustees of the American Institute of Cooperatives when appointed secretary of agriculture. His policies—among other things he opposed rigid price supports at 90% of parity in favor of flexible price supports—brought him much criticism, even from Republican congressmen. In 1959 farm belt members of the Republican National Committee sought Benson's resignation. He refused, stating that he would continue to fight to oust government from agriculture. A devout Mormon, he became (1943) a member of the Council of Twelve (the Apostles) and in 1985 succeeded as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Benson wrote Farmers at the Crossroads (1956), Freedom to Farm (1960), Title of Liberty (1964), and An Enemy Hath Done This (1969).

See his Cross Fire: The Eight Years with Eisenhower (1962).

Benson, Robert Hugh, 1871-1914, English author and clergyman; 4th son of Archbishop Benson. He was converted to Roman Catholicism in 1903 and ordained the next year. In 1911, as a monsignor, he became privy chamberlain to Pope Pius X. His works include the novels By What Authority? (1904) and Richard Raynal (1906), and Paradoxes of Catholicism (1913).
Benson is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, in the United States, 45 miles east-southeast of Tucson. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 4,934.

The city was founded in 1880 when the Southern Pacific Railroad came through. It was named after Judge William B. Benson, a friend of the president of the railroad.

The city is perhaps best known as the gateway to Kartchner Caverns State Park.


Benson is located at (31.95288, -110.30677).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.7 square miles (92.5 km²), all land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 4,711 people, 2,084 households, and 1,346 families residing in the city. The population density was 131.9 people per square mile (50.9/km²). There were 2,822 housing units at an average density of 79.0/sq mi (30.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.32% White, 19.85% Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 1.29% Native American, 0.72% Black or African American, 0.47% Asian, and 0.13% Pacific Islander. 5.69% were from other races, and 2.38% from two or more races.

There were 2,084 households out of which 18.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.72.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 18.0% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 29.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,289, and the median income for a family was $36,364. Males had a median income of $34,013 versus $18,964 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,315. About 6.2% of families and 13.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.1% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.


Similar to other desert plains areas of Arizona, Benson receives little rainfall and is relatively hot. A little snow occasionally falls in the winter.


Benson is served by Interstate 10 to the north, which travels directly to downtown Tucson.

It is also served by State Route 80, which has its western terminus at Interstate 10. It heads southeast from the city.

Amtrak provides passenger rail service at 105 E. 4th Street (see also Benson, Arizona (Amtrak station)).


The World University is located in Benson.

Media references

  • "Benson, Arizona" is the name of the theme song to the movie Dark Star.
  • In a tip of the hat to Dark Star, the Avengers crossover story Operation: Galactic Storm, which is about a war between alien races, commences in Benson.
  • "Benton, Arizona" is the fictitious Arizona town that Humphrey Bogart's character, Vincent Parry, transits by bus on his way to Peru through Mexico in the 1947 Bogart & Bacall film Dark Passage. In reality, this would have been "Benson, Arizona".


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