William M. Bennett

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William Mason Bennett in 1917

William Mason Bennett (July 11, 1869 in Nashville, Tennessee – January 16, 1930 in Manhattan, New York City) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He graduated from Oberlin College in 1890, and from Columbia Law School in 1893.

Bennett was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York County, 15th D.) in 1908, 1909 and 1910.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (18th D.) in 1915 and 1916. In 1916, he ran in the Republican primary election for Governor of New York, but was defeated by the incumbent Governor Charles S. Whitman.

In 1917, Bennett won the Republican nomination for Mayor of New York City, defeating the incumbent Mayor John Purroy Mitchel. At the New York City mayoral election, 1917, Bennett came in fourth, behind Democrat John F. Hylan, Mitchel (who ran as an Independent) and Socialist Morris Hillquit.

In 1918 and 1920, Bennett ran in the Republican primaries for Lieutenant Governor of New York, but was defeated twice again.

On January 15, 1930, he suffered a stroke in his law office at 15 William Street, and died the next day in Broad Street Hospital in Manhattan.


New York Assembly
Preceded by
Mervin C. Stanley
New York State Assembly
New York County, 15th District

Succeeded by
Ashton Parker
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Henry W. Pollock
New York State Senate
18th District

Succeeded by
Albert Ottinger