1719, Hebrew name of an animal in the Old Testament (Job xxxix.9, etc.), now identified with the wild ox, but formerly translated in Latin as rhinoceros and in English as unicorn.
1892, baseball slang; see bench.
The days for "bench-warmers" with salaries are also past. [New York Sporting News, Jan. 9, 1892]
Old English had bencsittend "one who sits on a bench."