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  • Name: John J. Benton
  • Location of Birth: Duluth, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: November 12, 1893
  • Date of Death: March 17, 1986 (92 years old)
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  • High School and Class: 1913 - Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • College: St. Paul College of Law
  • Highest Rank: 1LT (First Lieutenant)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    John attended Central School in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He began a law practice in Nashwauk, Minnesota in 1928 after graduating from the St. Paul College of Law. He was Itasca County Attorney from 1934 to 1938, was Grand Rapids City Attorney from 1948 to 1962 and was Itasca County Court Judge from 1963 to 1974.

    Professionally he was a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Council of Juvenile State Judges and Minnesota State Sheriff's Association.

    He was a 50-year member of the Cap Baker Lions Club and McVeigh-Dunn Post #60 American Legion, was a member of the Itasca Council Knights of Columbus, Grand Rapids Sports Boosters Club and Fraternal Order of Eagles in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    In a May 17, 1960 Grand Rapids Herald Review "Up In This Neck of the Woods" column, Mr. Benton was called Mr. Baseball. He gave up an opportunity to play professional ball to practice law. He was a player, coach, manager and baseball fan "since the day he was first able to throw a baseball", the column said.

    Survivors are his wife, Mickie; three sons, Thomas, John, Jr., and William; a sister, Margaret Richardson; and three grandchildren.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot C-C-30-02)

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