One of Newport’s most successful 19th century entrepreneurs, Benjamin Burton arrived in Newport in 1845 from Connecticut. He would later established the “Original Express” company, one of the earliest Black-owned businesses operating in various forms at 4 Travers Block.
He was the originator of the Bellevue Avenue Express Line which later extended to the Point and Broadway. During the Summer resort season, he also operated a baggage transfer business. He lived at 35 Levin Street.