Isaac Benson was born in Waterford, Erie County, PA, June 8, 1817. He attended the academy at Waterford and studied at Warren, PA, and entered as a student in the office of Struthers, Johnson and Brown, attorneys at Warren. He was admitted to the bar in the same place in 1844; and entered practice with the firm for a year. On June 11, 1845, he located in Coudersport and soon built a lucrative practice. In 1856, Benson was elected to the state House of Representatives and to the state Senate in 1859. On December 14, 1857, he married Eugenia Laura, only daughter of Pierre A. and Almira (Burbdage) Stebbins, of Coudersport. Their only child, James Benson, was born May 30, 1863. He graduated from the University of PA and was admitted to the bar in June 1884. On December 3, 1884, he married Miss Katherine Hodskin, daughter of Albert A. and Celina (Johnson) Hodskin. The Hon. Isaac Benson died at his home in Coudersport, Sunday morning, March 11, 1894, age 76 years, 7 months, 3 days.
Bench and Bar of Pennsylvania, Vol. I