Member Biography

Henry Lewis Benner Jr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1846       2 Democrat
1847       2 Democrat
1848       2 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


03/11/1806 - 04/26/1862

Henry Lewis Benner, Jr. (D2) Philadelphia County 1846-1848

Early Life: 

Henry Lewis Benner, Jr., born March 11, 1806, son of Henry L. Benner, Sr., and Mary Boyd Benner; engaged, banking, insurance; president, National Safety Fund and Trust Company, Philadelphia; married, Elizabeth Githens Dowdney, 1841, children, Doctor Henry Dowdney Benner, Henrietta Benner, William Benner; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1846-1848; paymaster, Major, United States Army, 1861-1862; died, April 26, 1862 (aged 56), Fort Monroe, Fort Monroe, Virginia; interment Woodlands Cemetery Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.


Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2nd district, Philadelphia County, 1846-1848.  


During deployment from Washington District Columbia to Fortress Monroe, Virginia, aboard, Ocean Queen, Benner succumbed to “a stroke of apoplexy,” pronounced dead near Fort Monroe, Virginia, 6:30AM, Saturday April 26, 1862.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members B"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Henry L. Benner (1806-1862) - Find a Grave Memorial