|United States Senator|
from South Carolina
July 6, 1918 – November 5, 1918
|Appointed by||Richard Irvine Manning III|
|Preceded by||Benjamin Tillman|
|Succeeded by||William P. Pollock|
|Born||December 26, 1879|
Abbeville, South Carolina, U.S.
|Died||March 30, 1951 (aged 71)|
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
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.
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.
War and death
World War II
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
|South Carolina Gamecocks (Independent) (1904–1905)|
|South Carolina Gamecocks (Independent) (1908–1909)|
- United States Congress. "Christie Benet (id: B000360)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Christie Benet at Find a Grave
| U.S. senator (Class 2) from South Carolina
Served alongside: Ellison D. Smith
William P. Pollock
|65th||Senate: B. Tillman • E. Smith
• Benet • Pollock
|House: Lever • Byrnes • Ragsdale • Whaley • Nicholls • Dominick • Stevenson|