Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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BENNETT, Charles Edward (1910-2003)

BENNETT, CHARLES EDWARD, a Representative from Florida; born in Canton, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., December 2, 1910; attended the Tampa schools; J.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., 1934; lawyer, private practice; member of the Florida state house of representatives, 1941; United States Army, 1942-1947; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the twenty-one succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1993); chair, Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (Ninety-sixth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination to the One Hundred Third Congress in 1992; died on September 6, 2003, in Jacksonville, Fla.

University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
Gainesville, FL
Papers: 1903-2001, 253.5 linear feet.
Congressional papers including legislative files, committee files, and constituent correspondence. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


Columbia University
Oral History Archives
New York, NY
Oral history: 1976, 18 pages.
Discussions include Charles Bennett's experiences in Congress, recollections of past presidents and of Joseph McCarthy.


Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
Abilene, KS
Oral history: 1970, 19 pages.
In the interview, Charles Bennett discusses efforts to make ?In God We Trust? the national motto; President Eisenhower's attitude as president and the influence of his military background; Eisenhower's relationship with the Congress; the establishment of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; Bennett's observations on McCarthyism and Eisenhower's handling of Senator McCarthy; General Douglas MacArthur; and Bennett's assessment of Eisenhower?s presidency.


University of Denver
Penrose Library
Denver, CO
Audiotapes: In Meet the Member [electronic resource], ca. 1968, 1 audiotape.
Persons discussed include Congressman Charles E. Bennett.


University of Pennsylvania
Annenberg Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Marian Anderson Papers, ca. 1900-1993, 495 boxes + 3 map case drawers.
Correspondents include Charles E. Bennett. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

  • Bennett, Charles E. "Congressional Ethics." In Congress and Conscience, edited by John B. Anderson, pp. 97-126. New York: J.B. Lippincott, 1970.
  • ___. Florida's "French" Revolution, 1793-1795. Gainesville: University Presses of Florida, 1981.
  • ___. "Fort Caroline, Cradle of American Freedom." Florida Historical Quarterly 35 (July 1956): 3-16.
  • ___. Laudonni??re and Fort Caroline: History and Documents. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1964.
  • ___, trans. Three Voyages. By Ren?? Laudonni??re. Gainesville: University Presses of Florida, 1975.
  • Bennett, Charles E., and Donald R. Lennon. A Quest for Glory: Major General Robert Howe and the American Revolution. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991.
  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Charles E. Bennett, Democratic Representative from Florida. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.