Benedict, Lewis a Congregational minister, was born at Madison, N. Y., Jan. 14, 1815. In 1839 he graduated from Hamilton College, and in 1843 from Auburn Theological Seminary. The next year he was ordained at Whitewater, Wis. In Nov. 1845, he was installed pastor in Brockton, Ill., and remained six years. After supplying the pulpit in Aurora, Ill., for two years, he was installed its pastor in July, 1854, and held the position a little more than three years. From April, 1858, to Dec. 1859, he was acting pastor in Geneva; from Dec. 1859, to March, 1864, he held that office in Brimfield; from April, 1864, to Sept. 1870, the same at Lawn Ridge. The next three years he resided at Lake Forest, without charge, and subsequently at Aurora. He died Jan. 30, 1881. See Cong. Year-book, 1882, p. 23.