by George J. Dance

Mary Josephine Benson

Mary Josephine Benson (1887-1965) in Canadian Poets (2nd edition), 1926.

Born Mary Josephine Trotter
March 20, 1887
Nationality Canada Canadian
Citizenship British subject
Relative(s) Bernard Freeman Trotter (cousin)

Mary Josephine Benson (March 20, 1887 - August 31, 1965) was a Canadian poet and writer of non-fiction.[1]



Benson in Canadian Singers and their Songs, 1919. Courtesy Internet Archive.

Benson was born Mary Josephine Trotter in 1887. Her cousin was poet Bernard Freeman Trotter.[2] Except for 3 years (1912-1915) spent in Toronto, she lived in Port Hope all of her life.[1]

After graduating, she moved to Toronto to become a journalist. She was editor of the Canadian Courier magazine supplement from 1912 to 1914, then briefly worked for Everyman magazine. In 1915 she married Harry W. Benson (1886-1946), and returned to Port Hope.[2]


Benson won a poetry prize for her poem "The Bitter Lover."[2]

A branch of the Port Hope Public Library was named after her.[3]



Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

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References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Benson, Mary Josephine, Representative Poetry Online, University of Toronto,, Web, Nov. 13, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Benson, Mary Josephine Trotter Canada's Early Women Writers. Simon Fraser University,, Web, Nov. 13, 2011.
  3. Port Hope Public Library, Mary J Benson Branch., Web, Jan. 27, 2013.
  4. Search results = au:Mary Josephine Benson, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 2, 2014.

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