Benson, Edward White

Benson, Edward White,

1829–96, archbishop of Canterbury, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was appointed (1877) the first bishop of Truro, and in 1882 he was appointed archbishop of Canterbury. His clerical writings include Cyprian (1897) and Apocalypse (1900). Three of his four sons became notable literary figures—A. C. BensonBenson, Arthur Christopher,
1862–1925, English author; eldest son of Archbishop Benson. He was master at Eton (1885–1903) and at Magdalene College, Cambridge (1915–25).
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, E. F. BensonBenson, Edward Frederic,
1867–1940, English author; 3d son of Archbishop Benson. He wrote several biographies and reflections on contemporary society, but he is chiefly remembered for his lightly satirical novels, notably Dodo
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, and R. H. BensonBenson, Robert Hugh,
1871–1914, English author and clergyman; 4th son of Archbishop Benson. He was converted to Roman Catholicism in 1903 and ordained the next year. In 1911, as a monsignor, he became privy chamberlain to Pope Pius X.
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