William Thomas Benson

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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Grenville South
In office
1882 – 1885
Preceded by John Philip Wiser
Succeeded by Walter Shanly
Personal details
Born 20 April 1824
Kendal, England
Died June 8, 1885
Cardinal, Ontario
Nationality British
Political party Conservative Party
Occupation businessman, farmer

William Thomas Benson (20 April 1824 – 8 June 1885) was born at Kendal, England and, after some years in business in England, immigrated to Canada in 1858.

In Montreal, Benson met a man with whom he formed a partnership to open the first starch factory in Canada. Benson and Aspden established a starch factory in 1858 in the village of Edwardsburg (Cardinal), Canada West. This enterprise eventually evolved into the Canada Starch Company in 1906 under his son, George Frederick Benson.

He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1882 to represent the riding of Grenville South. He died in office in 1885 in Cardinal, Ontario.