BENNET, William Stiles (1870-1962)

BENNET, WILLIAM STILES, (father of Augustus Witschief Bennet), a Representative from New York; born in Port Jervis, Orange County, N.Y., November 9, 1870; attended the common schools; graduated from Port Jervis Academy, Port Jervis, N.Y., 1889; graduated from Albany Law School, Albany, N.Y., 1892; lawyer, private practice; official reporter of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, 1892-1893; member of the New York state assembly, 1901-1902; justice of the municipal court of New York, N.Y., 1903; member of the United States Immigration Commission, 1907-1910; delegate to the Republican National Convention, 1908 and 1916; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth and to the two succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-second Congress in 1910; elected to the Sixty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Joseph A. Goulden (November 2, 1915-March 3, 1917); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-fifth Congress in 1916; official parliamentarian of the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1916; United States delegate to the Seventeenth International Congress Against Alcoholism held at Copenhagen, 1923; business executive; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Seventy-fifth Congress in 1936; served as a delegate to the New York state constitutional convention in 1938; unsuccessful candidate at a special election in 1944 to fill a vacancy in the Seventy-eighth Congress; died on December 1, 1962, in Central Valley, N.Y.; remains were cremated and the ashes interred in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Port Jervis, N.Y.

Columbia University
Oral History Archives
New York, NY
Oral history: 1951, 216 pages.
Reminiscences of William Stiles Bennet: oral history, 1951. Topics discussed include New York City politics, 1898-1945; New York State politics, 1901-18; national politics, Grover Cleveland to Franklin D. Roosevelt; New York election, 1910. The interview was conducted by Dean Albertson and Wendell Link.


University of Albany Libraries, SUNY
M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives
Albany, NY
Papers: 1884-1959, 14.25 cubic feet.
The papers of William Stiles Bennet include correspondence, legal files, speeches, and campaign files. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository and online.