Risden Tyler Bennett
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.
After leaving Congress, Bennett practiced law in Wadesboro, North Carolina, where he died in 1913 and is buried.
- Risden Tyler Bennett at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-10-18
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