Arthur Benson

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Sir Arthur Benson
Born Arthur Edward Trevor Benson
(1907-12-21)21 December 1907
Died 1987 aged 79
Honiton, Devon, England
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation Colonial Administrator
Known for Governor of Northern Rhodesia

Sir Arthur Edward Trevor Benson GCMG (21 December 1907 – 1987) was a British colonial administrator and governor.[1]

Early life

Benson was born in Johannesburg on 21 December 1907 the son of an Anglican clergyman.[1] Educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School and Exeter College, Oxford he joined the colonial service in 1931.[1]

Colonial service

Benson was sent to Northern Rhodesia as a cadet later moving on to the Secretariat in Lusaka.[1] During the Second World War he returned to London and was attached to the Cabinet Office.[1] After the war he returned to Northern Rhodesia and the Luwingu outstation.[1] In 1948 he became Chief Secretary of the Central African Council and in 1951 he was promoted to Chief Secretary of Nigeria.[1] In 1954 he was appointed Governor of Northern Rhodesia until he retired in 1959.[1]


He became a Justice of the Peace in Devon from 1962 to 1966 and he was also elected an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College.[1]

Family life

Benson had married Daphne and they had two daughters, he died in 1987.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Sir Arthur Benson." Times [London, England] 19 Oct. 1987: 18. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 9 Aug. 2012.
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Gilbert Rennie
Governor of Northern Rhodesia
Succeeded by
Sir Evelyn Dennison Hone
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