Henry Benson (MP)

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Henry Benson was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1626 and 1641.

Benson was Deputy Steward of Knaresborough.[1] In 1626 he was elected Member of Parliament for Knaresborough. He was re-elected in 1628 and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.[2]

In April 1640, Benson was re-elected MP for Knareborough in the Short Parliament. He was re-elected in November 1640 for the Long Parliament.[2] However he was expelled from the House of Commons by vote on 2 November 1641 for selling protections to men who were not his servants.[3] Benson declared that there was no better replacement for his than his son in law William Deerlove, although Deerlove's election was declared void.[4]

Benson took arms for the King and in February 1642 was reported to be occupying Plupton tower near Knaresborough with two cannon.[5]

Benson married Elizabeth Deerlove at Knaresborough in 1633.[6]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Richard Hutton
Sir Henry Slingsby, 1st Baronet
Member of Parliament for Knaresborough
1626-1629
With: Sir Richard Hutton, the younger 1
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Knaresborough
1640-1641
With: Sir Henry Slingsby, 1st Baronet
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Slingsby, 1st Baronet
William Deerlove