Frank H. Benson, engaged in the practice of law in San Jose, is one of the native sons of the Golden west, his birth having occurred in Santa Clara, California, on the 21st of March, 1873. He is a son of Sandford G. and Ida e. (Currey) Benson, both natives of Indiana. The father is a son of the Rev. H. C. Benson, who for many years was editor of the California Christian Advocate and a pioneer Methodist minister on the Pacific coast, having come to California in 1851. He engaged in preaching the gospel in this state during the early mining days and for many years thereafter, and filled various charges throughout the central portion of California, his influence being one of the potent factors in the moral development of the various localities in which he resided for any length of time. Sandford G. Benson accompanied his father to California in 1851, and for many years has been engaged in the printing and publishing business, having for a long period been connected with the editorial staff of different papers. He married Miss Ida E. Currey and to them were born two daughters: Carrie, the wife of F. B. Currey, of La Grande, Oregon; and Aida L., at home.

Frank H. Benson, the only son, began his education at the usual age as a student in the public school and continued his course until he had mastered the high school curriculum of his county. He afterward spent a short time at Stanford University, and then returning to San Jose entered the journalistic field as a reporter on a local paper. Subsequently he filled a similar position in connection with the San Francisco Call, but determining to enter the legal profession he matriculated in the Hastings College of Law at San Francisco in 1895 and pursued a three years' course, being graduated in 1898 with the degree of Bachelor of Law. He entered upon the practice of his chosen profession in June of the same year and has continued to the present time. At the election of 102 he was chosen by popular suffrage to the office of justice of the peace, in which he is now serving, and he makes a capable representative of the people in this connection because his decisions are fair and impartial.

Mr. Benson is a young man of social nature, a genial disposition, a strong purpose and laudable ambition. He belongs to the National Union, to the Foresters of America, to the Native Sons of the Golden West, to the Woodmen of the World and the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and has gained many warm friends in these different fraternities. His political allegiance is given to the Republican party, and he keeps well informed on the great questions which have divided the country into national political organizations. His aid and co-operation are given in behalf of the principles in which he believes, and as a local and state worker in Republican ranks he is well known.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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