Christie Benet

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Christie Benet
United States Senator
from South Carolina
In office
July 6, 1918 – November 5, 1918
Appointed byRichard Irvine Manning III
Preceded byBenjamin Tillman
Succeeded byWilliam P. Pollock
Personal details
Born(1879-12-26)December 26, 1879
Abbeville, South Carolina, U.S.
DiedMarch 30, 1951(1951-03-30) (aged 71)
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

William Christie Benet Jr. (December 26, 1879 – March 30, 1951) was a Democratic Party politician who briefly represented the state of South Carolina in the United States Senate in 1918.

Early years[edit]

Benet was born in Abbeville, South Carolina; he attended the common schools in his youth, and matriculated at the College of Charleston, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Virginia, where he graduated in 1902.[1]


He played college football as a guard at South Carolina and was a star tackle for Virginia,[2] selected All-Southern in 1901.[3]

Benet coached football at South Carolina in 1903 and 1907.[4] He assisted coach and Virginia teammate Bob Williams in 1902, when Carolina upset John Heisman's Clemson team.[2]

Law career[edit]

He studied the law, and upon his admission to the bar began practice in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1903. Solicitor of the fifth judicial circuit in 1908, Benet became Columbia's city attorney from 1910 to 1912. He was the secretary of the Democratic State committee three times.


On July 6, 1918 he was appointed to the Senate to fill out the term of Benjamin R. Tillman, who died in office. He served until November 5, when a successor to the position was elected; Benet himself was an unsuccessful candidate in the same election to fill the vacancy. During his brief time in the Senate, Benet was the chairman of the Committee on National Banks; upon his defeat, he resumed his practice.

State hospital[edit]

From 1915 he was a member of the board of regents of the South Carolina State Hospital, later becoming the chairman of the board; in this capacity he served until 1946.

War and death[edit]

World War II[edit]

During World War II Benet chaired the War Finance Committee for South Carolina.


He was serving as the chairman of the Alien Enemy Hearing Board for the state's eastern district at his death; he died in Columbia, and was interred locally in Elmwood Cemetery. Benet Hall, a residence hall at Clemson University, is named in his honor.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
South Carolina Gamecocks (Independent) (1904–1905)
1904 South Carolina 4–3–1
1905 South Carolina 4–2–1
South Carolina Gamecocks (Independent) (1908–1909)
1908 South Carolina 3–5–1
1909 South Carolina 2–6
South Carolina: 13–16–3
Total: 13–16–3


  1. ^ "William Christie Benet Jr".
  2. ^ a b "Morning Game Was Jonah To Clemson At Columbia". Atlanta Constitution. October 31, 1902. p. 2. Retrieved May 3, 2016 – via open access
  3. ^ "Southern Intercollegiate Football". Outing. 37: 726. 1902.
  4. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Benjamin Tillman
U.S. senator (Class 2) from South Carolina
Served alongside: Ellison D. Smith
Succeeded by
William P. Pollock