BENNETT, Henry (1808-1868)

BENNETT, HENRY, a Representative from New York; born in New Lisbon, Otsego County, N.Y., September 29, 1808; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1832 and commenced practice in New Berlin, Chenango County, N.Y.; served as clerk of the town of New Berlin in 1846; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first through the Thirty-third Congresses, as an Opposition Party to the Thirty-fourth, and as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1859); chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Thirty-fourth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of law in New Berlin, N.Y., until his death there on May 10, 1868; interment in St. Andrews' Cemetery.

  • Bennett, Henry. Speech of Hon. Henry Bennett, of New York, on the admission of Kansas, and the political effects of slavery. In the House of Representatives, June 30, 1856. Washington, D.C.: N.p., 1856.
  • ------. Speech of Hon. Henry Bennett, of New York, on the bill for the admission of Kansas as a free state. Delivered in the House of Representatives, June 30, 1856. Washington: N.p., 1856.