In December 1836 Benson was a private in Capt. John Smith's Company A of the First Regiment, Regular Infantry, stationed on Galveston Island, but was detached to garrison duty at Anahuac. By February 28 he was still in the army and back at his regular duty station at Galveston. Benson was a member of William Ryon's company on the Somervell expedition. He was also one of the vice presidents of the convention that met on the San Jacinto battlefield on April 21, 1860, to nominate Sam Houston for president. On July 26, 1881, the Texas Veterans Claims Commission approved his application for a veteran's pension. Benson was an active member of the Texas Veterans Association. He died in Houston in 1892.
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