Henry Bennett (American politician)

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Henry Bennett
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1859
Preceded by William W. Snow
Succeeded by R. Holland Duell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by Ausburn Birdsall
Succeeded by Gerrit Smith
Personal details
Born September 29, 1808
New Lisbon, New York
Died May 10, 1868 (aged 59)
New Berlin, New York
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Polly Maria Gibson Bennett
Profession Attorney, Politician

Henry Bennett (September 29, 1808 – May 10, 1868) was an American politician and a United States Representative from New York.


Bennett was born in New Lisbon, Otsego County, New York on September 29, 1808, where he attended public schools. He married Polly Maria Gibson.[1]


Bennett studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1832 and practiced law in New Berlin, Chenango County, New York. He served as clerk of the town of New Berlin in 1846.

Elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first through the Thirty-third Congresses, Bennett was elected a member of the Opposition Party to the Thirty-fourth. He was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congress, thereby serving from March 4, 1849 until March 3, 1859.[2] He was the chairman of the Committee on Public Lands in the Thirty-fourth Congress.

In 1858 Bennett unsuccessfully sought renomination to the Thirty-sixth Congress, and resumed the practice of law in New Berlin, until his death.


Bennett died in New Berlin, Chenango County, New York, on May 10, 1868 (age 59 years, 224 days). He is interred at St. Andrews' Cemetery, New Berlin, New York.[3]


  1. ^ "Henry Bennett". Find A Grave. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Henry Bennett". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Henry Bennett". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ausburn Birdsall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 22nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Gerrit Smith
Preceded by
William W. Snow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 21st congressional district

Succeeded by
R. Holland Duell