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Joseph Benson died 2/16/1821.  Born 1/25/1748, England, to John & Isabella (Robinson) Benson he became a teacher at 16. While teaching he was convinced he must be born again & was, at 17.  With his father’s consent & both in tears, John & Joseph said their father/son farewells – they never met again on earth.

John Wesley appointed Joseph classical master of Kingswood School.  The Countess of Huntingdon appointed him Head Master of Trevecca College, at 21.  This position did not last long due to theological differences.  Thereafter his labors centered more on preaching & writing.  In 1778 he married Miss Thompson of Leeds (she died 1810), their union was blessed with at least 2 daughters.

In 1798 Benson was elected President of the Conference and was later elected editor of the Methodist Magazine.  In 1808 the Conference, by vote, requested him to write a commentary on the Bible – it was  completed in 1818.  He’s also remembered for his Life of Mr. Fletcher.  Adam Clarke spoke at his funeral. 

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