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Horace Grant Benson papers

Identifier: COU:129

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of personal papers of Horace Benson. Included are a 7-page, typewritten diary of his trip to the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, a typewritten and bound collection of philosophical essays, fiction, and poetry, hand-written poetry, correspondence with a family member and O. N. Hilton, the defense attorney in the Patterson trial.


  • 1893 - 1922

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Biographical Note

Horace G. Benson (1862-1922) was born in Atchison, Kansas. His mother died early in his childhood. In his early life, he moved with his father around the state of Colorado, living in Denver, Del Norte, and Placerville. He studied in Colorado public schools before studying law at the offices of Steath and Liddell. Benson was admitted to the bar on October 24, 1884 and went to work at Steath and Liddell after the retirement of Judge Liddell. He was a member of the Denver Bar Association, the Benevolent and Protective order of the Elks, the Sons of Colorado, and the Kansas Society.

Benson was a successful attorney in both criminal and civil law. His most famous prosecution was of Gertrude Gibson Patterson for the murder of her husband, Charles Patterson in 1911. Although Benson lost this case, he was considered a talented trial lawyer.


.5 linear feet (1 bundle)

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Horace G. Benson (1862-1922) was a Denver attorney and briefly served as Assistant District Attorney. The collection consists of his works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction essays on capital punishment, civil and religious liberties, secret societies, Christianity, and other topics. Also included is a diary of his trip to the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.


This collection is arranged in original order in which we attained it from the donor.

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