He was the 44th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, serving from 1915 to 1921 on the state"s highest court. He was chosen as Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives for the 1897 regular session of the 19th Oregon Legislative Assembly, but a dispute between two rival factions in the House prevented the body from organizing for that session. (East J Davis was chosen as Speaker by the other faction) Henry"s younger brother was Oregon Governor Frank West. Benson.
Henry Benson was born in Stockton, California on July 6, 1854.
Benson was born to Matilda Williamson Benson and Henry Clark Benson. The family later moved to Portland, Oregon where the younger Henry was educated in Portland schools and at Portland Academy.
However, for college he returned to California where he earned a degree in 1873 from the College of the Pacific in San Jose. Three years later he was admitted to practice law in California.
Then in 1880 he returned to Oregon where he became the principal of the Drain Normal School before later serving as the superintendent of schools for Grants Pass, Oregon.
In 1886 he passed the Oregon bar and practiced in Salem until 1891 when he went back to Grants Pass. In 1892, he was selected as the district attorney for a large portion of southwestern Oregon. Then in 1896 he was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives as a Republican representing Josephine County.
During the 1897 legislature he was selected as Speaker of the House, but he was only selected by one faction of the house during a House session where the House never officially organized nor conducted any official business.
Then from 1898 to 1907 Benson served as a circuit court judge in southwestern Oregon counties. In 1914, Henry Benson ran for a position on the Oregon Supreme Court held by Charles L. McNary.
Henry L. Benson then died in office on October 16, 1921.