Biography of Hon. Royal A. Bensel
Benton County, Oregon Biographies





HON. ROYAL A. BENSEL-Was born in Cassville, Wisconsin, and is now 48 years of age. His father, Dr. Beosel, was born in Pennsylvania and a graduate of the Pennsylvania State Medical University, and in early days emigrated to Wisconsin. When our subject was but a mere child his parents moved to Clayton county, Iowa, and at the age of 13 he became "devil" on the Clayton Co. Herald and there spent three years at the printer's trade. In 1849 Mr. Bensel's mother died, and in 1854 he, with his father, crossed the plains to California, where he followed mining for seven years. He then enlisted in Company D. Fourth California Infantry, and with his regiment came to Oregon and followed a soldier's life for three years. On his discharge, in 1864, he came to Vaquina Bay and embarked in the milling business.

In 1871 he was appointed Inspector of Customs for Yaquina Bay. In 1868 he was elected to the State Legislature, and again elected to the same office in 1876.

From:
History of Benton County, Oregon
Published by: David D. Fagan
A. G. Walling, Printers, Lithograohers, Ect.
Portland, Oregon 1885


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