Morris Fuller Benton
Prolific! Perhaps this is the best word to describe the life and work of Morris Fuller Benton
. The creator of over 200 types for ATF, Benton left his mark on 20th Century design. His faces would spread across the globe, and dozens are still in use today.
Morris Fuller Benton was born on November 30, 1872 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He died on June 30, 1948 in Morristown, New Jersey. Benton was the son of Linn Boyd Benton, inventor of the pantographic punch-cutting machine and founder of the American Typefounders agglomeration in 1892. In 1896, he graduated from Cornell University with a degree in engineering; thereafter, he became his father’s assistant at ATF. He quickly began designing his first typefaces, and would later go on to become the company’s artistic director.
The following pages describe some of Morris Fuller’s distributed via Linotype.com. For ease of navigation, the typefaces have been divided into four separate categories: Text Sans Serif designs, Text Serif designs, Script Faces, and Other Display Faces.