Benjamin Irving Stanton, a native New Yorker, practiced law in St. Paul from 1889 to 1898. He was a member of Williams, Goodenow & Stanton most of that time. He died on September 13, 1898, at age forty-five. His obituary in the St. Paul Globe read in part:
"A man conscientious, of robust, sterling integrity, of fine legal mind, clear perceptions, cautious, sound judgment, great fidelity to details and very practical; guarded in his utterances, and wont to weigh his words; fond of books and quite an omnivorous reader. His noble character, fine presence, great bonhomie, secured for him many friends wherever he went. He was not known to have an enemy. Very loyal in his attachments, he abounded in those little acts which multiply friendships and make them last for life."