Henry G. Bennett
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|Henry Garland Bennett|
|Assistant Secretary of State|
|Born||December 14, 1886
New Hope, Arkansas
|Died||December 22, 1951
|Spouse(s)||Vera Pearl Connell|
|Alma mater||Ouachita Baptist College|
Henry G. Bennett (December 14, 1886 – December 22, 1951) was a prominent educational figure in Oklahoma. He served as the president of both Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma State University. He was appointed by President Harry S. Truman as an Assistant Secretary of State, heading up the Point Four Program.
Henry Bennett was born in New Hope, Arkansas on December 14, 1886 to Reverend Thomas Jefferson Bennett and Mary Elizabeth Bright Bennett. He had three sisters Although his family moved to a Texas before he was one year old he returned to Arkadelphia, Arkansas before school age.
Bennett attended Ouachita Baptist College and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1907. While at college he was president of Philomathean Literary Society, business manager of the campus yearbook, The Bear, and vice-president of the athletic program. To earn extra money he collected laundry, drove a grocery wagon and delivered mail.
Quit to become a textbook salesman.
President of Southeastern State Normal School
President of Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College
Nominated as president of Oklahoma A&M College on June 1, 1928. Bennett served as president of Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State University) from 1928 until 1950. While in office, he established a campus master plan that continues to guide physical plant development, including the predominant use of Collegiate Georgian architecture on the campus.
Federal appointment and Point Four Program
The Four Point Program became the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Buried in Highland Cemetery, Durant, Oklahoma.
- Norris, L. David (1986). A History of Southeastern Oklahoma State University Since 1909. Durant, Oklahoma: Mesa Publishing Co. ISBN 0-930719-10-7.
- Chapman, Berlin. Dr. Henry G. Bennett as I knew him. Oklahoma Historical Society.
- Rulon, Philip (1975). A History of Oklahoma State University. Stillwater, Oklahoma.
- Current Biography, Volume 12. H.W. Wilson Company. 1951.
- Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award Winners
- Truman Library collection of Henry G. Bennett Papers
- President Truman's Point Four Program
- Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library at Southeastern Oklahoma State University Library
- Oklahoma State University's celebration of Henry G. Bennett's 60th birthday
- Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows Program
- OHS Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture - Bennett, Henry Garland