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Josiah Henry Benton, American lawyer.


Benton, Josiah Henry was born on August 4, 1843 in Addison, Vermont, United States. Son of Josiah Henry and Martha Ellen (Danforth) Benton.


Educated New London (N.H.) Literature and Scientific Institute. Bachelor of Laws, Albany Law School, 1866. (honorary Master of Arts, Dartmouth, 1869.

Doctor of Laws, Norwich U., 1908).


2d, Mary Elizabeth Abbott, of Concord, N.H., September 31, 1875. Private Company H, 12th Vermont Volumes, August 15, 1862-July 1863. Admitted to bar, 1866.

Practiced at Lancaster, N.H., 1867-1873. Assistant clerk and clerk N.H. House of Representatives, 1868-1871, 1870-1872. Practiced law, Boston, 1873—Director Northern R.R., since 1879.

Lecturer on corporations and railroads, Boston University Law School, since 1894. Trustee Boston Public Library, since 1894(now president of the board). Trustee Boston University.


  • Other Work

    • Author of monographs, addresses, etc., on legal, economic and legislative subjects. Also Samuel Slade Benton, His Ancestors and Descendants, 1901. A Notable Libel Suit, 1904.

      Early Census Making in Massachusetts, 1905. The Story of the Old Boston Town House, 1908. The Book of Common Prayer, 1910.

      Warning Out in New England, 1911. John Baskerville, Type Founder and Printer, 1914. Voting in the Field, 1915.


Married Josephine E. Aldrich, May 19, 1866.

Josiah Henry Benton

Martha Ellen (Danforth) Benton

Josephine E. Aldrich