Benson, Edward White, D.D., was born in 1829 near Birmingham, and was educated at the King's School there and at Trinity College, Cambridge, of which he became scholar and fellow. After holding a mastership at Rugby he was in 1858 appointed first head-master of Wellington College. Leaving this post after fourteen years he became chancellor of Lincoln cathedral, but in 1876 was chosen by Lord Beaconsfield as bishop of the new see of Truro. On the death of Dr. Tait in 1882 Mr. Gladstone procured his translation to Canterbury. He was a moderate High Churchman, but avoided controversial entanglements with much tact, and adopted a conciliatory tone towards all parties. He died in 1896.