Frank P. Bennett

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Frank P. Bennett
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
14th Essex District[1]
In office
Preceded by Warren P. Babb
Succeeded by Frank P. Bennett, Jr.
In office
Succeeded by Warren P. Babb
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Everett, Massachusetts
Board of Selectmen
In office
Preceded by Harden Palmer[2]
Succeeded by John S. Cate[2]
Personal details
Born May 2, 1853
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died February 8, 1933 (aged 79)
Stoneham, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Political party Republican[3]
Spouse(s) Nancy L. Greeley[3]
Children Frank P. Bennett, Jr.[3][4]
Occupation Journalist, magazine publisher

Frank P. Bennett (May 2, 1853 – February 8, 1933) was an American journalist, magazine publisher and politician who served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and as a member of the Everett, Massachusetts Board of Selectmen.

Early life[edit]

Bennett was born to Levi W. Bennett and Kezia C. Bennett on May 2, 1853[3] in the North Cambridge neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts.[3][5][6] When he was young, Bennett's family moved to South Malden, Massachusetts (later known as Everett). He attended public schools in Malden and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1870.[6]


Bennett's involvement in publishing began when he worked for newspapers in Boston. He then traveled the country as a journeyman printer and established a small newspaper in Northern Michigan. He later returned to Boston to work for Curtis Guild, Sr. (father of Governor Curtis Guild, Jr.), who published the market edition of the Boston Commercial Bulletin. He then worked for the Boston Daily Advertiser as an editorial writer. He was widely known for his writings on finance and tariffs. In 1887, Bennett retired from the Advertiser and founded Frank P. Bennett & Co., which published trade papers, including the American Wool Reporter (later known as the American Wood and Cotton Reporter) and the United States Investor.[6]

Political offices[edit]


From 1886 to 1887 Bennett served as a member of the Everett Board of Selectmen.[2] Bennett was a Republican member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing Everett from 1891 to 1894.[3] During his tenure in the House, Bennett was gained a reputation for determinedly opposing any policy he found questionable.[6]


In 1894, Bennett moved to Saugus, Massachusetts and soon became active in town affairs. He served as Town Moderator and on the Board of Selectmen and School Committee. In 1898 he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.[6] He was a candidate for Speaker of the House in 1900. He ran an aggressive campaign for the position, but was defeated by James J. Myers. In 1903, Bennett returned to the House with the intent of succeeding Myers as Speaker when he retired.[7] That year, Bennett served as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and was a considered a frontrunner to succeed Myers in the next legislative session.[8] However, Bennett decided not to run for reelection and was succeeded by his son, Frank P. Bennett, Jr.[9][10]

In 1904, Bennett unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Ernest W. Roberts for the Republican nomination in Massachusetts's 7th congressional district.[11][12]

Personal life and death[edit]

Bennett married Nancy L. Greeley of Palermo, Maine.[3] They had three children: Frank, Jr., E. Howard, and C. Randolph.[3][4][6]

Bennett was a Universalist and served as the President of the State Convention of Universalist Churches and the Universalist General Convention of the United States.[6]

Bennett died on February 8, 1933 at the New England Sanitarium in Stoneham, Massachusetts.[6]


  1. ^ Bridgman, Arthur Milnor (1900), A Souvenir of Massachusetts Legislators, Volume IX, Stoughton, MA: A. M. Bridgeman, p. 154. 
  2. ^ a b c Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1890), History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts: With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men Vol. III, Philadelphia, PA: J. W. Lewis & CO., p. 598. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Cutter, William Richard (1908), Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts Volume I., New York, New York: Lewis Historic Publishing Company, p. 320. 
  4. ^ a b Cutter, William Richard (1908), Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts Volume I., New York, New York: Lewis Historic Publishing Company, p. 321. 
  5. ^ Marquis, Albert Nelson (1916), Who's Who in New England, 2nd Ed., Chicago, Illinois: A. N. Marquis & Company, p. 106. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Frank P. Bennett of Saugus Dead". The Boston Daily Globe. February 10, 1931. 
  7. ^ "Beginning His Campaign". The Boston Daily Globe. November 10, 1901. 
  8. ^ "Speaker Myers Out of Politics". The Boston Daily Globe. June 23, 1903. 
  9. ^ "Bennett's Son may Run". The Boston Daily Globe. September 16, 1903. 
  10. ^ Who's Who in State Politics 1911. Boston: Practical Politics. 1911. p. 28. 
  11. ^ "Out For Fight". The Boston Daily Globe. March 21, 1904. 
  12. ^ "For Congress". The Boston Daily Globe. October 5, 1904.