Benjamin Dawson was born at Halifax and died on 15 June 1814 at Burgh, Suffolk. The eldest son of a Presbyterian minister, from 1746 he was educated at the dissenting academy at Kendal under Caleb Rotheram, and from 1749 at Glasgow University. He was a Presbyterian minister at Leek, Staffordshire from 1754, subsequently moving to Congleton, Cheshire. In 1757 he moved to London as assistant at St Thomas's, Southwark, conforming to the Established Church in the following year. From 1760 until his death he was rector of Burgh.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.