Born 1944 in Norfolk, Virginia.
First elected by the General Assembly on December 17, 1984 to an eight-year term beginning January 1, 1985. Service terminated by retirement.
Temple University, A.B., 1966
Northwestern University, graduate studies in mathematics
University of Virginia, J.D., 1970
Intern, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Richmond, Virginia, 1970.
Private practice in Richmond, Virginia, 1970-1985.
Elected, Journal of the House of Delegates, 1984 Special Session, 9; graduate school and professional career, oral history interview, Supreme Court of Virginia, March 12, 2009; education, The American Bench-1993-1994, 2350; retired, “Judge Benton to Retire Oct. 1,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, July 23, 2007, retrieved from valawyersweekly.com on March 16, 2015. See also, M. Wood, African American Graduates Recall Life at Law School After Integration, University of Virginia School of Law, News and Events, posted March, 2004.