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James Robert Bentley

James Robert Bentley, American association curator, historian, genealogist.

Background

  • Bentley, James Robert was born on February 14, 1942 in Louisville. Son of Francis Getty and Katharine Elizabeth (Wescott) Bentley.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Centre College Kentucky, 1964. Master of Arts, College William and Mary, 1971.

    Career

    • Research assistant Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia), 1966-1968. Assistant to curator Filson Club, Louisville, 1964-1965. Curator, 1968-1983; secretary, 1972-1984.

      Acting director, 1983-1984. Director, 1984-1992, G.R. Clark Press, Louisville, 1974—1995. Member advisory committee to photograph archives University Louisville, 1971-1972.

      Member History Zoning Task Force Louisville and Jefferson County, 1971-1973. Member history protection and preservation committee Board Aldermen Louisville, 1972-1973. Member Mayor's Committee Public Amenities, 1991-2004.

      Member Jefferson County Communications Kentucky Bicentennial Comn., 1991-1992. Commissioner History Landmarks and Preservation district Commission, Louisville, 1973-1979.

    Works

    • Editor, public Kentucky Genealogist, 1979-1986.

    Religion

    Denomination: Episcopalian

    Membership

    Member Sons of the American Revolution (registrar 1970-1993, library committee), Kentucky Society Mayflower Descendants (historian, librarian 1970-1978, governor 1978-1984, deputy governor general 1981-1987, 5 generation project committee 1979-1980), Kentucky Society Colonial Wars (councillor 1971-1976, registrar since 1976), Jeffersontown History Society (director 1972-1973, vice president 1974-1976, president 1976-1978), Society of America Archivists, Manuscript Society, History Homes Foundation Louisville, Vermont History Society (life), New England History Genealogical Society, National Genealogical Society (life), Vermont Genealogical Society, Indiana History Society, Vermont Old Cemetery Association, Louisville History League, Alden Kindred American, Society Stukely Westcott Descendants, Edmund Rice 1638 Association, Society Descendants Robert Bartlett of Plymouth Colony, Harleian Society, Order Kentucky Colonels, Sigma Chi. Clubs: Pendennis (Louisville), Filson (life), Order of the Crown of Charlemagne.

    Connections

    • father: Francis Getty Bentley
    • mother: Katharine Elizabeth (Wescott) Bentley
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    Born February 14, 1942
    (age 74)
    Nationality
    • 1964
      Centre College Kentucky
    • 1971
      College William and Mary
    • 1964 - 1965
      assistant, to curator Filson Club
      Louisville, Kentucky, United States
    • 1966 - 1968
      Research assistant, Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia)
    • 1968 - 1983
      curator
    • 1972 - 1984
      secretary
    • 1974 - 1995
      director
      Louisville, Kentucky, United States
    • 1983 - 1984
      acting director
    • 1984 - 1992
      director
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