The Benjamin Brunson House is one of the oldest houses remaining in Saint Paul, Minnesota it was built ca. 1856 in the area known as "railroad island," being surrounded by tracks. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Benjamin Brunson was born in 1823 in Michigan, his father, the Rev. Alfred Brunson, was an itinerant Methodist preacher who traveled a "circuit district" along the Mississippi River between Rock Island, Illinois to Saint Anthony Falls; the elder Brunson made his permanent residence in Wisconsin. In 1847, Benjamin Brunson came to the area to assist his brother, Ira, in making the first plat of the city of Saint Paul. Ira had led a number of soldiers from Fort Snelling in driving a number of squatters off the military reservation and down to the present site of the city, first named "Pig's Eye" after its founder Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant; the first plat is credited to Benjamin, he surveyed many other additions to Saint Paul and prepared plats for neighboring communities in Minnesota.
Brunson served in the first Minnesota Territorial Legislature and served as a justice of the peace, a superintendent of mail carriers, a merchant at the Old Steamboat Landing, as a civil engineer for the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad. He built his house in 1855 in Brunson's Addition to the City of Saint Paul, a semi-rural area at the time but is now within an inner-city warehouse and industrial district, he lived in Saint Paul until his death in 1898
Susan Elizabeth Brigden, FRHistS, FBA is a historian and academic specialising in the English Renaissance and Reformation. She was Reader in Early Modern History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Lincoln College, before retiring at the end of 2016. Susan Brigden was educated at the University of Manchester and Clare College, where she graduated with a PhD in 1979. In 1980, she was elected a Fellow in history at Oxford; this made her the first female fellow of that college. In 1984, she became a university lecturer in the Faculty of University of Oxford, she became Reader in Early Modern History. At Lincoln College, in addition to her duties as Fellow and tutor, she was the College's Tutor for Women. Brigden won the Wolfson History Prize in 2013 for her book Thomas Wyatt: The Heart's Forest. In 2014 she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences, she is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. London and the Reformation New Worlds, Lost Worlds: The Rule of the Tudors 1485-1603 Thomas Wyatt: the Heart's Forest