Ida Whipple Benham


Ida Whipple Benham born Quakertown, CT January 8, 1849 (d. 1903). Quaker; peace poet; director of American Peace Society, 1897.


"The coals of war come quickly to a glow;
And still the cannon crowd the parapets.
Ready and waiting—keen for sharp dispute!
Blind man, thou temptest sore the lightning stroke."

(The Armed Truce, Advocate of Peace, Aug. 1895, p. 173; photo