District Court Judge
Appointed in 1954
Judge Benson was born in Akra, Dakota Territory, July 28, 1885. Moved to Upham, North Dakota as a young boy and graduated from Upham High School. He worked while attending the University of North Dakota, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1912, and his Law degree in 1915. Upon admission to the Bar, he moved to Bottineau, North Dakota, where he begin practicing law. He served on the City Council of Bottineau for ten years, and several terms as State's Attorney from Bottineau County. He was appointed Judge of the Second Judicial District, by Governor C. Norman Brunsdale on June 1, 1954, to succeed the Honorable Harold B. Nelson who had resigned. He served in that capacity until he resigned in late December, 1960. Judge Benson died on March 10, 1968.