Carl Jesper Benzelius
Swedish bishopDied when: 78 years 352 days (947 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn
Carl Jesper Benzelius (16 January 1714, Uppsala – 2 January 1793) was a theologian, professor, bishop of the Diocese of Strängnäs from 1776 to 1793, and a son to archbishop Erik Benzelius the younger.
Born in Uppsala, Benzelius was brought up at the home of his grandfather, Bishop Jesper Svedberg.He was then guided by his uncle Henry Benzelius in Lund University and was there in 1738 graduated to Master of Arts, after which he was a few years spent in England, France and Holland.
In 1741 he became extraordinary and ordinary court-preacher in 1742.Between 1743–44, he made a new travels abroad, and dwelt especially in Helmstedt, where he made his disputation under the famous Johann Lorenz von Mosheim, and became an honorary doctor of theology.
He was a member of parliament in 1778 and 1786 and in 1750 he was called to Lund University as professor of theology.