William Stiles Bennet Edit Profile
Graduate Port Jervis Academy, 1889. Bachelor of Laws, Albany Law School, 1892. Doctor of Laws, Ursinus College Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 1910.
Bennet was a lawyer in private practice, and an official reporter of the Orange County Board of Supervisors from 1892 to 1893. He served as justice of the municipal court of New York, New York, 1903. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1908 and 1916.
Elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth and to the two succeeding Congresses, Bennet served as U. S. Representative for the seventeenth district of New York from March 4, 1905 to March 3, 1911. An unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-second Congress in 1910, he was elected to the Sixty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Joseph A. Goulden of the twenty-seventh district of New York and served from November 2, 1915 to March 3, 1917. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-fifth Congress in 1916.
Bennet was the official parliamentarian of the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1916, United States delegate to the Seventeenth International Congress Against Alcoholism held at Copenhagen, 1923, as well as a business executive. An unsuccessful candidate for election to the Seventy-fifth Congress in 1936, he served as a delegate to the New York state constitutional convention in 1938. He was an unsuccessful candidate at a special election in 1944 to fill a vacancy in the Seventy-eighth Congress.
Bennet died in Falkirk Hospital, Central Valley, Orange County, New York, on December 1, 1962 (age 92 years, 22 days). He was cremated; his ashes are interred at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Port Jervis, New York.
Member organzing group N.A.A.C.P., Travelers Aid Society New York City Delaware to State Constitutional Convention, 1938. Member United States Immigration Commission, 1907-1910. Member of national commission on Prisons and Prison Labor (president).
Member Travellers Aid Association, N.A.A.C.P. Member 1945 delegate of America League for Free Palestine to Gordon Conference with British Government Officials on Palestine. Member New York County Lawyers Association, Federal Bar Association, New Jersey, Connecticut, Empire State Society, S.A.R. (president 1942-1945.
Member of national judicial committee, 1910-1913). Clubs: National.
Married Gertrude Witschief, June 30, 1896 (deceased. Children: Augustus Witschief, Sarah Alice (Mistress Sarah B. McKeldin), Florence (Mistress Allin Hugh Pierce), Grace (Mistress John Nuveen).