Senator Ralph E. Benson View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 12/22/1951
Birth Place: Ida County, IA
Birth County: Ida
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 48 (1939) - 53 (1949)
Home County: Greene
Ralph E. Benson
Greene County
Republican 48th Senatorial District Carroll, Greene and Sac Counties. Farmer and livestock feeder. Born on Ida County farm, 1907, eldest of four children in Anton Benson family. Married Helen Mae Custer of Jefferson, 1928; one son, Donald. Attended Ida Grove high school and Iowa State College of Engineering, completing aeronautics course, 1931. Returned in 1941 and studied agricultural engineering, 1931-33, employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. Since then has lived on Greene County farm. Member of Greene County Conservation League and Iowa Flying Farmers, Masonic Lodge, Baptist Church and Jefferson Rotary Club, Jefferson County Club. 1938, elected to Iowa Senate, appointed chairman Iowa Senate Aeronautics Committee. Member of the 48th, 49th, 50th, 50th Extra, 51st, 52nd, 52nd Extra and 53rd sessions.