Benton, Sanford a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born at Tolland, Conn., July 12, 1807. He was converted in early life, and in 1830 entered the New England Conference. From this time he devoted his time and talents to the work of soul-saving with a zeal and constancy rarely surpassed, until his decease, Nov. 25, 1862. Mr. Benton was emphatically an excellent man. His Christian life was uniform and untarnished. As a pastor he was laborious and devoted; as a preacher clear, earnest, pointed. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1863, p. 59.