David S. Bennett

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David Smith Bennett
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 30th district
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871
Preceded byJames M. Humphrey
Succeeded byWilliam Williams
Member of the New York Senate
from the 32nd district
In office
January 1, 1866 – December 31, 1867
Preceded byJames M. Humphrey
Succeeded byAsher P. Nichols
Personal details
BornMay 3, 1811 (1811-05-03)
Camillus, New York, United States
DiedNovember 6, 1894 (1894-11-07) (aged 83)
Buffalo, New York, United States
CitizenshipUnited States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Harriet Amanda Benham Bennett
  • Farmer
  • Grain elevator operator
  • Politician

David Smith Bennett (May 3, 1811 – November 6, 1894) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.


Born on a farm near Camillus, New York, Bennett was the son of James B. and Sarah Olmstead Bennett and attended the common schools and the local academy in Onondaga. He married Harriet Amanda Benham.[1]


Bennett engaged in agricultural pursuits and later moved to Syracuse. From there he extended his business to New York City. In 1853, Bennett moved to Buffalo, where he built and operated several grain elevators.

A member of the New York State Senate, Bennett was State Senator for the (31st District) in the 89th New York State Legislature in 1866 and the 90th New York State Legislature in 1867.

As a Republican, Bennett was elected to the forty-first United States Congress, as a U. S. Representative for the thirtieth district of New York, holding office from March 4, 1869, to March 3, 1871.[2]

After declining to run for renomination in 1870, Bennett resumed his former business pursuits in Buffalo, New York.


Bennett died in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, on November 6, 1894 (age 83 years, 187 days). He is interred at Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, New York.[3]


  1. ^ "David S. Bennett". Find A Grave. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  2. ^ "David S. Bennett". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  3. ^ "David S. Bennett". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 29 August 2013.

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
James M. Humphrey
New York State Senate
32nd District

Succeeded by
Asher P. Nichols
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James M. Humphrey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 30th congressional district

March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871
Succeeded by
William Williams