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BENJAMIN, Park, journalist, born in Demerara, British Guiana, 13 August 1809; died in New York City, 12 September 1864. His father was born in Connecticut, but removed to Demerara, and there carried on business. At an early age Park was sent to New England for medical advice and to be educated. He studied for two years at Harvard, and then at Trinity, where he was graduated in 1829, after which he studied law and was admitted to the bar in Boston in 1832. His tastes inclined more toward literature than to law, and he became one of the original editors of the "New England Magazine. In 1837 he removed to New York and edited, in connection with Charles Fenno Hoffman, the "American Monthly Magazine." Later he was associated with Horace Greeley as editor of the " New-Yorker," and for a short time had charge of the "Brother Jonathan," a literary weekly paper. In 1840 he established the "New World," and edited it nearly five years, in connection with Epes Sargent and Rufus W. Griswold. He afterward edited and published, for a short-time only, " The Western Continent" and " The American Mail ": but these periodicals were not altogether successful, and he withdrew from all publication. The remainder of his life was spent in New York, devoted to literary pursuits. He contributed, both in prose and verse, to various periodicals, and delivered lectures and read poems in public. " The Meditation of Nature" (1832), " Poetry, a Satire " (1832), and " Infatuation " (1844), are the best known of his longer poems, and " The Tired Hunter," " The Nautilus," " To One Beloved," " The Departed," and " The Old Sexton," are the most successful of his shorter poems. No collected edition of his writings has been published. Mr. Benjamin was in person a man of full chest and powerful arms, but was completely lame below the hips.*His son, Park, patent expert, born in New York City, 11 May 1849, was graduated at the United States naval academy in 1867. He was ordered to the " Franklin," Admiral Farragut's flag-ship, and with it spent two years in Europe. In 1869 he was advanced to the grade of ensign, but he " soon resigned, and studied law at the Albany Law School, where he was graduated in 1870. From 1872 till 1878 he was associate editor of the "Scientitle American," and since that time has been occupied as scientific expert or expert counsel in patent cases. Among his short stories are "The End of New York" and "The Story of the Tele-gust." His books include " Shakings*Etchings for the Naval Academy" (Boston, 1867)" " Wrinkles and Receipts "(New York, 1875); "Appletons' Cyclopaedia of Applied Mechanics," edited (1880)-and "The Age of Electricity" (1886).
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