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Benson Playground

Bath Ave. between Bay 22 St. and Bay 23 St.

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This playground honors Egbert Benson (1746-1833), an attorney and statesman who contributed his name to the neighborhood of Bensonhurst.

After graduating from King’s College (the original name of Columbia University) in 1765, Benson began his political career as an outspoken Revolutionary War patriot who went on to become New York State’s first post-independence Attorney General in 1777. As a delegate to the First Continental Congress and the New York Constitutional Convention, Benson played a role in organizing the new Federalist government. Later, he served in the New York State Assembly, the United States Congress, and was appointed Chief Justice of the New York Supreme Court in 1794. Benson maintained a continuous presence in City affairs, serving as a trustee of Columbia College, and as a founding member and first president of the New York Historical Society (1804).

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