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Memorable Manitobans: James Lee Benson (1849-1926)


Born at Peterborough, Ontario in March 1849, son of Colonel J. R. Benson and Catherine Lee (a cousin of American military general Robert E. Lee), brother of Edward Benson, he came to Winnipeg around 1881 and began a dental practice. He was the first elected President of the Manitoba Dental Association. He went to the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush and remained at Dawson City for seven years. He died at Winnipeg on 3 July 1926, survived by a son and three daughters. He was buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Pioneer dentist of city dies aged 77,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 July 1926 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 July 2017

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