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Guy Potter Benton
President of the University of the Philippines

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President of University of Vermont

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President of Miami University

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Personal details
Born Guy Potter Wharton Benton
May 26, 1865
Kenton, Ohio, U.S
Died June 29, 1927(1927-06-29) (aged 62)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S
Spouse(s) Dolla Konantz
Children 2 daughters
Profession Educator

The Reverend Dr. Guy Potter Wharton Benton (May 26, 1865 – June 29, 1927) was an American educator who served as president of Miami University from 1902–1911, the University of Vermont from 1911–1920, and the University of the Philippines from 1921-1925. He is credited with being instrumental in the founding of the sorority Delta Zeta at Miami University in 1902.

Benton was an alumnus of Ohio Normal University (now Ohio Northern University), Ohio Wesleyan University, Baker University and the College of Wooster.

He was born to Daniel Webster and Harriett (Wharton) Benton in Kenton, Ohio. After serving as superintendent of schools at Fort Scott, Kansas (1890–95), he became assistant state superintendent of public instruction in Kansas (1895–96). He was professor of history and sociology at Baker University (1896–99) and assumed the presidency of Upper Iowa University in 1899, serving until 1902 when he became president of Miami University. He left Miami to become president of the University of Vermont 1911-1919. He was educational director of the Third Army occupying Germany following World War I. He served as the third president of the University of the Philippines from 1921-1925.

For his service during World War I, he was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal and his commendation reads, in part: "As Director in charge of the Educational Work undertaken in the Third Army of the American Expeditionary Forces, by his marked ability, untiring energy, and loyal devotion to his task, Dr. Benton contributed in a large measure to the successful results obtained in this vast undertaking. Through his great work among 10,000 illiterate soldiers over 8,000 of them were taught to read and write. By his efforts he has rendered services of particular worth to the American Expeditionary Forces."

He was an ordained Methodist minister.

Benton was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, of which he was national president 1912-14. For his help in the founding of Delta Zeta, he was named Grand Patron and is the only man ever permitted to wear the Delta Zeta member badge. He was a member of the forensics honorary Tau Kappa Alpha and served as its national president 1915-17.

In 1889 he married Dolla Konantz of Arcadia, Kansas and they had two daughters, Helen Geneva (Mrs. Dwight E. Minnich) and Pauline Corinth.

He died in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is buried next to his wife in the Miami University plot of the Oxford Cemetery and his headstone indicates that he was "President of Miami University" and "National President of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity." Two buildings on the Miami University campus have been named for him. First was the administration building and auditorium now known as Hall Auditorium and the current Benton Hall is an engineering building.


  • Encyclopedia Vermont Biography: A Series of Authentic Biographical Sketches of the Representative Men of Vermont and Sons of Vermont in Other States. Dodge. Burlington: Ullery, 1912, p 118-119

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Preceded by
David Stanton Tappan
President of Miami University
1902 – 1911
Succeeded by
Raymond M. Hughes
Preceded by
Ignacio B. Villamor
President of the University of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Rafael V. Palma

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