Biography of Benson R. Hedges
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Benson Rice Hedges, deceased, was a leading citizen of Columbus, where he engaged in the insurance business. He was also a veteran of the World War, and served with the rank of major. Mr. Hedges was born at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1877, the son of Samuel Benson and Martha (Ayres) Hedges.

The Hedges family is of English descent. Samuel Hedges, great grandfather of Benson Rice Hedges, came to Virginia from England. His son, Seaton Hedges, settled on a farm near Springfield, Ohio, many years ago, and his son, Samuel Benson Hedges, was the father of the subject of this sketch.

Benson Rice Hedges was a graduate of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, High School. He entered Ohio State University in 1897 and while a student there took an active part in the military life of the University, being a captain. He studied law in the offices of R. W. McCoy and was admitted to the Ohio bar, but never practiced that profession. For a short time he was interested in the electric business. Soon after his marriage he entered the insurance business as a representative of the Midland Mutual Life Insurance Company, of Columbus He was identified with this company until the date of his enlistment for service in the World War. Mr. Hedges served with the rank of captain and was stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, Indiana. He had a brilliant military career and although he was not in service in France, his services as a trainer of recruits won for him the highest praise from his superior officers. He was promoted to the rank of major and after the close of the war served as a recruiting officer for a time. Later, Mr. Hedges became associated with the life insurance business of his brother in law, Frank Tallmadge, leading insurance broker of Columbus. Mr. Hedges died July 29, 1929, and is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus. His wife died November 20, 1918, and is buried in Connecticut.

To Benson Rice and Jennie Louisa (Ackley) Hedges were born three children: Benson R., Loveaire Ackley and Seton Tryon.

Benson Rice and Seton Tryon Hedges were educated in the public schools of Columbus. Benson Rice Hedges was born February 1, 1904; Loveaire Ackley Hedges was born July 31, 1907; and Seton Tryon Hedges was born January 15, 1910. Both sons are interested in the insurance business and have offices at 17 South High Street.

Benson Rice Hedges was a member of St. Paul's Church.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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