Granville G. Bennett

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Granville G. Bennett, Dakota Territory Congressman.

Granville Gaylord Bennett (October 9, 1833 – June 28, 1910) was an American lawyer who served as a justice of the Supreme Court for the Dakota Territory and as a delegate to the United States House of Representatives.


Granville was born near Bloomingburg in Fayette County, Ohio. His family moved to Fulton County, Illinois in 1849, and then to Washington, Iowa in 1855.[1] He attended Washington College, an academy in Washington, Iowa, and then studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1859, and practiced in Washington.[1] In 1860, he married Mary Dawson.[2] They were the parents of three children who survived to adulthood; Estelline, who was society editor of the Chicago Record-Herald; Helen, who was editor of the Hot Springs (South Dakota) Herald; and Gaylord, who was a clergyman in Nebraska.[3]

During the American Civil War he served in the Union Army, first as an officer in the 19th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and later on the staff of Thomas J. McKean, commander of the Army of the Tennessee. Following the war, he was discharged as a first lieutenant and returned to Washington, Iowa. He served as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives (1865–1867) and Iowa State Senate (1867–1871).[1]

Bennett moved to the Dakota Territory in the early 1870s. He was appointed an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the Territory in 1875, and he served until 1878. In 1878, he was elected as the Territory's Delegate to the U.S. Congress, and served as a Republican from March 4, 1879 to March 3, 1881. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1880.

After his term in Congress, Bennett returned to Deadwood, South Dakota, where he continued to practice law. In 1902, he was elected judge of the Lawrence County Court, and he served three terms. He died in Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota. He was interred in Mount Moriah Cemetery, in Deadwood.

Bennett County, South Dakota is thought by some historians to be named in his honor,[4] whereas others attribute the county name to John E. Bennett, and some claim it honors both men.


  1. ^ a b c United States. Congress (1879). Congressional Directory. U.S. Government Printing Office. pp. 75–.
  2. ^ "Judge G. G. Bennett Dies at Hot Springs". The Weekly Pioneer-Times. Deadwood, SD. July 7, 1910. p. 2.
  3. ^ Judge G. G. Bennett Dies at Hot Springs, p. 2.
  4. ^ Joseph Nathan Kane; Charles Curry Aiken (2005). The American Counties: Origins of County Names, Dates of Creation, and Population Data, 1950-2000. Scarecrow Press. pp. 20–. ISBN 978-0-8108-5036-1.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jefferson P. Kidder
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Dakota Territory

March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
Succeeded by
Richard F. Pettigrew