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BENNETT, David Smith (1811-1894)

BENNETT, DAVID SMITH, a Representative from New York; born on a farm near Camillus, Onondaga County, N.Y., May 3, 1811; attended the common schools and the local academy in Onondaga; engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to Syracuse and engaged in the produce business, afterwards extending his business to New York City; moved to Buffalo in 1853 and built and operated several grain elevators; also purchased the original Dart grain elevator; elected a member of the State senate in 1865; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1870; resumed his former business pursuits in Buffalo, N.Y., where he died November 6, 1894; interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, N.Y.

Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
Buffalo, NY
Papers: 1869, 1 letter (1 page).
A letter of introduction from David Smith Bennett to whom it may concern, April 2, 1869.


Rutgers University
Special Collections / University Archives, Archibald S. Alexander Library
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: 1865-1884, 32 items (1 folder).
Includes letters received, chiefly relating to politics. The letters include a White House invitation and requests and petitions for appointment, as well as correspondence concerning the Buffalo Crosstown Railroad Company. Several of the items are not addressed to David Smith Bennett but were probably enclosures in other letters. Correspondents include Secretary of War William Belknap.