William Christie Benet, Jr. (December 26, 1879 – March 30, 1951) was a Democratic Party politician who briefly represented the state of South Carolina in the United States Senate in 1918.
Early years [ edit ]
Benet was born in
Abbeville, South Carolina; he attended the common schools in his youth, and matriculated at the College of Charleston, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Virginia, where he graduated in 1902. [1 ]
Virginia Cavaliers [ edit ]
college football for the Virginia Cavaliers.
Benet was selected an
All-Southern tackle in 1901. [2 ]
South Carolina Gamecocks [ edit ]
Benet coached football at the
University of South Carolina in 1903 and 1907. [3 ]
Law career [ edit ]
He studied the law, and upon his admission to the bar began practice in
Columbia, South Carolina, in 1903. Solicitor of the fifth judicial circuit in 1908, Benet became Columbia's city attorney from 1910 to 1912. He was the secretary of the Democratic State committee three times.
Senator [ edit ]
On July 6, 1918 he was appointed to the Senate to fill out the term of
Benjamin R. Tillman, who died in office. He served until November 5, when a successor to the position was elected; Benet himself was an unsuccessful candidate in the same election to fill the vacancy. During his brief time in the Senate, Benet was the chairman of the Committee on National Banks; upon his defeat, he resumed his practice.
State hospital [ edit ]
From 1915 he was a member of the
board of regents of the South Carolina State Hospital, later becoming the chairman of the board; in this capacity he served until 1946.
War and death [ edit ]
World War II [ edit ]
World War II Benet chaired the War Finance Committee for South Carolina.
He was serving as the chairman of the
Alien Enemy Hearing Board for the state's eastern district at his death; he died in Columbia, and was interred locally in Elmwood Cemetery.
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