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Lest We Forget: Egbert Benson

September 12, 2011
Egbert Benson

Egbert Benson

In the run up to Red Hook’s 2012 Bicentennial, it is fitting to recall Egbert Benson, for whom the Historical Society is named. As James Kent, Benson’s student, friend and colleague wrote of his mentor, “This great and good man lived to survive all his contemporaries, and seems to have died almost unknown and forgotten by the profession which he once so greatly adorned.”


Thanks to Clare O’Neill Carr, to whom we are indebted for her incomparable A Brief History of Red Hook, we know a great deal about Benson, whom she profiled in a 2001 issue of the Historical Society Newsletter. Following are excerpts from her article. Read more »