Park Benjamin, an American poet and journalist, born in Demerara, British Guiana, Aug. 14, 1809, died in New York, Sept. 12, 1864. His father was of Welsh descent, but was born in Connecticut, whence he removed to Demerara and carried on business there. Park was sent at an early age to his father's home in New England for medical advice and to be educated. He studied two years at Harvard college, graduated at Trinity college, Hartford, in 1829, began to practise law in Boston in 1832, and was one of the original editors of the "New England Magazine." In 1837 he removed to New York, edited in connection with C. F. Hoffman the "American Monthly Magazine," and subsequently was associated with Horace Greeley in editing the "New Yorker." He was soon after employed in connection with Epes Sargent and Rufus W. Griswold as editor of the "New World," a weekly literary journal. In 1844 he withdrew from this publication, and during the rest of his life resided in New York, devoted to literary pursuits. He contributed both in prose and verse to various periodicals, and delivered lectures and read poems in public. Mr. Benjamin was in person a man of full chest and powerful arms, but, either in consequence of an illness in childhood or from birth, was completely lame below the hips.
No collected edition of his writings has been published.