Charles Benenson

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Charles B. Benenson
Born January 30, 1913
Died February 22, 2004(2004-02-22) (aged 91)
Palm Beach, Florida
Nationality United States
Occupation real estate investor
Known for president of Benenson Realty Co
Spouse(s) Dorothy Cullman Freedman (divorced)
Jane Garcy Stein (until death)
Partner(s) Peggy A. Lipson Coudert
Children with Cullman Freedman:
--Bruce William Benenson
--Frederick Benenson
with Lipson Coudert:
--Lawrence Benenson
Parent(s) Benjamin Benenson

Charles B. Benenson (30 January 1913 – 22 February 2004) was an American real estate developer and investor.


Benenson Realty Co. was founded by his father Benjamin Benenson in 1905 and grew into an industry leader under his guidance, until his death in 1938. The younger Benenson began his career in 1933, during the depths of the Great Depression through which the company survived due to their lucrative lease with The Horn & Hardart automat at 31st and Broadway.[1] He ran the company until his death in 2004.

Benenson was a philanthropist and political donor. His efforts and views landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents. He was a founding member of the Association for a Better New York, the Realty Foundation, the Lincoln Center Real Estate and Construction Council, the New York Junior Tennis League, the I Have a Dream Program, and the Museum of African Art.[2] He was also a major collector of African art, and upon his death left much of his collection to the Yale University Art Gallery.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1942, he married his first wife, Dorothy (née Cullman) with whom he had two children: Bruce William Benenson and Frederick Benenson.[4] They later divorced.[4] His second marriage was to Peggy A. (née Lipson) Coudert. Charles and Peggy had one son, Lawrence B. Benenson. [5] His third wife was Jane (née Garcy) Stein.[6][2] His funeral was held at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.[2]


  • Staff report (June 28, 1973). Lists of White House 'Enemies' and Memorandums Relating to Those Named. New York Times
  • Thomas, Landon Jr. (February 24, 2004). Charles Benenson, Developer And Philanthropist, Dies at 91. New York Times
  • Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery. Frederick Lamp, Amanda M. Maples, and Laura M. Smalligan. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.

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