Benjamin Lamme was born on January 12, 1864, near Springfield, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1888. After spending several months as a farmer, Lamme accepted a position with the Westinghouse Company in 1889.
Lamme quickly became one of the leading engineers at Westinghouse. His specialty was electricity and its applications. Lamme had 162 patents to his credit by the time of his death. Among his major credits was the design of the power plant for the Manhattan Elevated Railway in New York City. He also was the primary designer of Westinghouse's display at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, in 1893. In 1903, Lamme became Westinghouse's chief engineer.
In his free time, Lamme participated in archaeology, accumulating an impressive collection of artifacts. He also engaged in philanthropy, including endowing two scholarships in engineering at The Ohio State University and supporting numerous French children left as orphans during World War I. Lamme died on July 8, 1924.