Henry G. Bennett
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Henry G. Bennett
|Assistant Secretary of State|
|Born||Henry Garland Bennett
December 14, 1886
New Hope, Arkansas, U.S.
|Died||December 22, 1951
|Spouse(s)||Vera Pearl Connell (m. January 27, 1913–December 22, 1951; their deaths)|
|Alma mater||Ouachita Baptist College|
Dr. 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.
Henry Garland Bennett was born in New Hope, Arkansas on December 14, 1886 to Reverend Thomas Jefferson Bennett and Mary Elizabeth (née Bright) Bennett. He had three sisters Although his family moved to 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.
After graduating accepted a position at a business college in Texarkana, Arkansas. Quit to become a textbook salesman. Moved to Boswell, Oklahoma in 1908 to become a teacher. Became superintendent of Choctaw County in 1909. Became superintendent of Hugo Public schools in 1910.
President of Southeastern State Normal School
Remained superintendent of Hugo schools until accepting presidency of Southeastern Normal School in 1919 as the sixth president. He met Vera Pearl Connell in Durant, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of a lawyer and judge. They married on January 27, 1913 and had five children.
President of Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College
Bennett was nominated to serve as president of Oklahoma A&M College on June 1, 1928. He served as president of Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State University) from 1928-50. 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).
Henry Bennett died in a plane crash in Iran serving on an assignment for the Point Four Program. His wife, Vera, was with him and also was killed in the crash. He was interred at 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.
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- 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