George Benson

(1699—1762) Presbyterian minister and theologian

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George Benson was born at Great Salkeld, Cumberlandon 1 September 1699, and died on 6 April 1762. In 1716 he went to a dissenting academy at Whitehaven, Cumberland, and in 1718 he entered Glasgow University, where he was in Gershom Carmichael's class. In about 1721 he started preaching in London and then became pastor to Protestant dissenters in Abingdon. In 1723 he was ordained and left Abingdon, apparently on account of his Arian views, having abandoned his earlier predestinarianism. He returned to London as pastor at King John's Court, Southwark, and then, from 1740, at Poor Jewry Lane Crutched Friars, where Nathaniel Lardner was his assistant. He was awarded a DD by Aberdeen in 1744. His correspondents included David Fordyce, Hutcheson and Leechman.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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