Henry Benson, Baron Benson

Politician

1909 – 1995

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Who was Henry Benson, Baron Benson?

Henry Alexander Benson, Baron Benson GBE was a British accountant best known as a partner of Coopers & Lybrand, an advisor to the Bank of England, his work organising the accountancy profession as president of ICAEW and for the part he played in various Royal Commissions.

Born in Johannesburg to Alexander Benson and his wife Florence Cooper, the daughter of Francis Cooper of Cooper Brothers & Co, Benson was educated initially in South Africa before moving to the United Kingdom in 1926, where he started training as an accountant with Cooper Brothers. After qualifying in 1932 he continued to work there, and became a salaried partner two years later at the age of 25. Following the outbreak of the Second World War Benson joined the Grenadier Guards as a second lieutenant, and was seconded to the Special Operations Executive in 1942 and then to the Ministry of Supply in 1944.

Benson helped build Coopers into an important international audit and accountancy firm as Coopers & Lybrand, and was the first living non-American elected to the Accounting Hall of Fame.

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Born
Aug 2, 1909
Johannesburg
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • Parktown Boys' High School
Died
Mar 5, 1995
Chichester

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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