Bennet, William S. (William Stiles), 1870-1962

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William Stiles Bennet was a U.S. Representative from New York. He was the father of Augustus Witschief Bennet, who also served as a U.S. Representative. Bennet was born in Port Jervis, NY on November 9, 1870. He was a lawyer in private practice, a member of the New York State Assembly (1901-1902), a Justice of the Municipal Court of New York City (1903), a member of the United States Immigration Commission (1907-1910), and a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1908 and 1916. He served as a Republican in the 59th through 61st Congresses (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1911) and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910. He was elected to the 64th Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of U.S. Representative Joseph A. Goulden (November 2, 1915-March 3, 1917), but was not reelected following that term. Bennet served as the official parliamentarian of the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1916. From 1920 to 1933, Bennet was General Counsel to the Edward Hines Lumber Company. During the later 1930s and 1940s, he was a lobbyist and advocate for the lumber industry. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the 75th Congress in 1936. That same year Bennet sought the Republican nomination for Vice President. He was nominated by the Oregon primary due to his connection with the lumber industry in that state, but by the time of the national Republican Convention he was no longer considered a viable candidate and lost the nomination. He served as a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1938. He ran unsuccessfully in a special election in 1944 to fill a vacancy in the 78th Congress. Bennet died on December 1, 1962, in Central Valley, NY.

From the description of William Stiles Bennet papers, 1884-1959. (University at Albany). WorldCat record id: 427547920

Lawyer, congressman.

From the description of Reminiscences of William Stiles Bennet : oral history, 1951. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309720963

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referencedIn Bennet family. Deeds, 1830-1906. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Valentine family. Valentine family papers, 1730-1891 (inclusive), 1765-1891 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn The Bruno Walter papers, ca. 1887-ca. 1966 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Bennet, William S. (William Stiles), 1870-1962. William Stiles Bennet papers, 1884-1959. University at Albany, University Libraries
creatorOf William Stiles Bennet letter to Mr. L.D. Williams, 1910 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Bennet, William S. (William Stiles), 1870-1962. Reminiscences of William Stiles Bennet : oral history, 1951. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Immigration Restriction League (U.S.) records, 1893-1921. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn New York Times Company records. Arthur Hays Sulzberger papers, 1823-1999 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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associatedWith Albertson, Dean, 1920-, person
associatedWith Bennet family. family
associatedWith Forest-Algoma Lumber Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
correspondedWith Immigration Restriction League (U.S.). corporateBody
associatedWith Link, Wendell, person
associatedWith Mason, Daniel Gregory, 1873-1953 person
associatedWith National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor. corporateBody
associatedWith New York (State). Constitutional Convention (1938) corporateBody
associatedWith New York Times Company corporateBody
associatedWith Valentine family. family
associatedWith Walter, Bruno, 1876-1962 person
associatedWith Weyerhaeuser Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Weyerhaeuser Timber Company. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (N.Y.)
United States
New York (State)


Birth 1870-11-09

Death 1962-12-01



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