Doc Fitzgerald Benson

General Information

Black/African American
September 4, 1892
Centerville, Leon Co., TX, USA
October 22, 1960
Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, USA
Greenwood Memorial Park, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., Arizona

Legislative Resolution

View Legislative Resolution File for Doc Fitzgerald Benson

Biographical Information

The following is from the Legislative death resolution:

The Honorable Doc Fitzgerald Benson passed away on October 22, 1960, in Phoenix, Arizona, at the age of sixty-eight years.

Doc Benson was born on September 4, 1892, in Leon County, Texas.  He received his education in Texas and for two years attended Wiley College located at Marshall, Texas.

In 1933 Doc Benson came to Arizona.  In 1937 Mr. Benson was elected President of the Arizona Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.  He served this organization for many years as President and as a member of its Board of Directors.  Doc Benson was a leading force in the organization of the William Patterson Lodge of Elks and served two terms as its Exalted Ruler.  Besides serving as the Exalted Ruler he was very active in the Lodge activities.  Boy Scout activities also commanded the attention of the Honorable Doc Benson.  He served as Committee Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 17.

The citizens of his legislative district acknowledged his outstanding leadership by electing him as a member of the House of Representatives of the Arizona Legislature.  He served during the Twenty-first Legislature and was appointed to act on the Standing Committees of County and Municipal Affairs and Judiciary.

Doc Fitzgerald Benson distinguished himself in many other ways.  He served as a Precinct Committeeman in Phoenix for many years.  He was also one of the founders of the Wesley Methodist Church and was also President of the Church's Men's Club.


Occupation Title Years
Food/Liquor confectionary work
Media/Arts/Design editor and publisher, newspaper
Community/Social Services/Religious president, Arizona Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 1937

Arizona Legislative Service

Session Chamber Party District City County Office Notes
21st Legislature, 1st Regular House Democrat Maricopa-08 - (1931-66 House) Phoenix Maricopa
21st Legislature, 2nd Regular House Democrat Maricopa-08 - (1931-66 House) Phoenix Maricopa


Birth:  DOB:  Arizona Legislative Biography sheet "Doc F. Benson" parents:  Robert and Jennie Benson, POB:  WWI draft card:  Doc Benson; Death and Cemetery: AZ death record:  "Doc Fitzgerald Benson" parents:  Robert and Jennie (Madison) Benson; Occupation(s): WWI draft card, Arizona Legislative Biography sheet and Legislative death resolution