Risden Tyler Bennett

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Risden Tyler Bennett (June 18, 1840 – July 21, 1913) was a Democratic U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1883 and 1887.

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Born in Wadesboro, North Carolina, Bennett attended common schools and then Cumberland University, where he was a member of a chapter of St. Anthony Hall that became defunct after the Civil War. He studied law in Tennessee before enlisting in the Confederate Army in 1861. During the war, he rose to the rank of colonel and was wounded three times, including at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863. He served in the brigade of Stephen D. Ramseur during the 1864 Overland Campaign.

Following the war, Bennett was the solicitor of Anson County, North Carolina, in 1866 and 1867. He was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives, serving from 1872 to 1874. A delegate to the 1875 state constitutional convention, he was named to the state superior court in 1880, serving for two year until his election to Congress.

In 1882, he was elected to the 48th United States Congress, and re-elected in 1884 to a second term. During the 49th Congress, he chaired the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State.

After leaving Congress, Bennett practiced law in Wadesboro, North Carolina, where he died in 1913 and is buried.

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