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William Stiles Bennet Papers

1884-1959

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Abstract

The William Stiles Bennet Papers document some of his public service and political campaigns as well as his time as a lobbyist and advocate for the lumber industry.

Summary

Creator:
Bennet, William S. (William Stiles), 1870-1962
Date Coverage:
1884-1959
Quantity:
12.42 cubic ft. (about 12.42 boxes)

William Stiles Bennet was a U.S. Representative from New York. He was the father of Augustus Witschief Bennet, who also served as a U.S. Representative.

Bennet was born in Port Jervis, NY on November 9, 1870. He attended the common schools, graduated from Port Jervis Academy in 1889, and received his law degree from Albany Law School in 1892.

Bennet was a lawyer in private practice, an official reporter of the Orange County Board of Supervisors (1892-1893), a member of the New York State Assembly (1901-1902), a Justice of the Municipal Court of New York City (1903), a member of the United States Immigration Commission (1907-1910), and a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1908 and 1916. He served as a Republican in the 59th through 61st Congresses (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1911) and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910. He was elected to the 64th Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of U.S. Representative Joseph A. Goulden (November 2, 1915-March 3, 1917), but was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the 65th Congress in 1916. Bennet served as the official parliamentarian of the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1916 and was a United States delegate to the Seventeenth International Congress Against Alcoholism held in Copenhagen in 1923.

From 1920 to 1933 Bennet served as General Counsel to the Edward Hines Lumber Company. During the later 1930s and 1940s he served as a lobbyist and advocate for the lumber industry. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the 75th Congress in 1936. That same year Bennet also unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Vice President. He received the nomination in the Oregon primary due to his connection with the lumber industry in that state, but by the time of the national Republican Convention he was no longer considered a viable candidate and lost the nomination to Frank Knox of Illinois. He served as a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1938. He ran unsuccessfully in a special election in 1944 to fill a vacancy in the 78th Congress.

Bennet died on December 1, 1962, in Central Valley, NY. His ashes are interred in Laurel Grove Cemetery in Port Jervis, NY.

The William Stiles Bennet Papers document the personal and professional activities of William Stiles Bennet. They date primarily from the years 1930-1960.

Series 1, Subject File, is organized alphabetically by subject. It contains Bennet's extensive files on various personal and professional subjects and dates primarily from the 1930s through the 1950s. This series include extensive files on the Forest-Algoma and Weyerhaeuser lumber companies, files on numerous individuals whom Bennet represented as an immigration lawyer, and material on the 1938 New York State Constitutional Convention. It also includes material related to philanthropic organizations such as the National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor and the National Bible Society.

, Incoming Correspondence, contains correspondence received by William Stiles Bennet. Outside of a few brief items from the 1890s, material in this series dates from the years 1930 through 1959. These items are arranged chronologically.

Series 3, Outgoing Correspondence, contains outgoing correspondence sent by William Stiles Bennet. These materials date from the 1930s through the 1950s and are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Series 4, Political Materials and Oversized Items, contains materials related to Bennet's various political campaigns as well as several oversized and fragile items. It includes a folder of speeches delivered by Bennet to the New York State Assembly in 1901-1902, several folders of material on Bennet's unsuccessful 1936 campaign for the Republican Vice Presidential nomination, and collections of political memorabilia from various campaigns. In addition, it includes several large scrapbooks, the transcription of an oral history interview with Bennet, tax reports from the town of Newburgh, a ledger dating from the late nineteenth century, and a collection of certificates documenting Bennet's election to various offices.

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 and 3 are arranged alphabetically while Series 2 and 4 are arranged chronologically.

  • Series 1 - Subject File, 1922-1959, Undated
  • Series 2 - Incoming Correspondence, 1884-1959, Undated
  • Series 3 - Outgoing Correspondence, 1932-1959, Undated
  • Series 4 - Political Materials and Oversized Items, 1888-1951, Undated

The W. S. Bennet Estate initially donated Bennet's papers to Syracuse University in 1965. In 2006, the papers were transferred to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Processed by: Nicholas Webb in 2009.

Collection record created by: Jamie Brinkman

Published: 2013

The arrangement of this collection was revised, dates added, descriptions updated, and EAD finding aid created by Jamie Brinkman., 2013-2014

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Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, The William Stiles Bennet Papers, 1884-1959. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the William Stiles Bennet Papers).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 7.5 cubic ft. (about 7.5 boxes)
Arranged alphabetically.
This series is organized alphabetically by subject. It contains Bennet's extensive files on various personal and professional subjects and dates primarily from the 1930s through the 1950s. This series include extensive files on the Forest-Algoma and Weyerhaeuser lumber companies, files on numerous individuals whom Bennet represented as an immigration lawyer, and material on the 1938 New York State Constitutional Convention. It also includes material related to philanthropic organizations such as the National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor and the National Bible Society.
BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_apap226-1_1

11Albrecht, Carl Heinrich, Immigration Records1951-1955

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12-4Algoma Lumbar Company Correspondence1951-1955, Undated

nam_apap226-1_3

15-7Algoma Lumbar Company, Legal File #11936-1938, 1943-1950, Undated

nam_apap226-1_4

18Algoma Lumbar Company, Legal File #21934-1940, 1951-1954, Undated

nam_apap226-1_5

19Algoma Lumbar Company, Lobbying Forms1947-1948, 1950, Undated

nam_apap226-1_6

110-11American League for a Free Palestine1946-1949

nam_apap226-1_7

112Anderson, Carl J., Correspondence1946-1951

nam_apap226-1_8

113Anderson, Carl J., Naturalization and Miscellaneous Memos1947-1949

nam_apap226-1_9

114Anti-Lynching Bill1936-1951

nam_apap226-1_10

115Barker, Mrs. Percival H1937 November, Undated

nam_apap226-1_11

116 Bennet, Howell S1938-1951

nam_apap226-1_12

117-18Bennet, James E1938-1947

nam_apap226-1_13

119Bennet, James E1948-1952

nam_apap226-1_14

120Boxill, Mrs. Vera1922-1952

nam_apap226-1_15

121Boxill, Mrs. Vera, Miscellaneous1938-1954

nam_apap226-1_16

122Chariton, Mrs. Bessie1951-1953

nam_apap226-1_17

123-25Ching, Peter Pan-Shih (Immigration) (Folders 1-3 of 4)1950-1959, Undated

nam_apap226-1_18

21Ching, Peter Pan-Shih (Immigration) (Folder 4 of 4)1950-1959, Undated

nam_apap226-1_19

22-9Citroen, Mariane1951-1959, Undated

nam_apap226-1_20

210-12Edward Hines Lumber Co. Correspondence1932, 1943-1949, Undated

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213-15 Forest Lumber Company1938-1940, 1951-1957, Undated

nam_apap226-1_22

216-17 Forest Lumber Company and Algoma Lumbar Company Court Cases (Folders 1-2 of 3)1934, 1938-1954, Undated

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31 Forest Lumber Company and Algoma Lumbar Company Court Cases (Folder 3 of 3)1934, 1938-1954, Undated

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32-3 Forest Lumber Company and Algoma Lumbar Company Court Case Correspondence1939, 1951-1952

nam_apap226-1_25

34-6Forest Lumber Company and Algoma Lumbar Company Miscellaneous1939-1942, 1946, Undated

nam_apap226-1_26

37-10Forest Lumber Company and Algoma Lumbar Company vs. US, Current1951-1958, Undated

nam_apap226-1_27

311Gates, Charles W Jr. (Immigration)1949

nam_apap226-1_28

312Gee, Mee Haw (Immigration)1953-1954, Undated

nam_apap226-1_29

313-17Gill, James W. (Immigration)1950-1959, Undated

nam_apap226-1_30

318Haac, Ernest Ottomar1949, 1954, 1958-1959

nam_apap226-1_31

319Immigration Correspondence and Applications1947-1950, 1954, Undated

nam_apap226-1_32

320-21In Convention Records1938

nam_apap226-1_33

322Kafiluddin, L.S. (Immigration)1952-1953

nam_apap226-1_34

323Legal Opinion on Immunity of Port Authority Bonds and Revenues from Federal Income Taxation1938

nam_apap226-1_35

324Letters to Newspapers1938-1945

nam_apap226-1_36

41Letters to Newspapers1974-1953

nam_apap226-1_37

42Lukac, Peter1953-1955, Undated

nam_apap226-1_38

43Lukac, Peter and Suzanne, Legislative Bills, Drafts, Notes, Working Papers1948-1954, Undated

nam_apap226-1_39

44Lukac, Peter and Suzanne Official Papers1947-1955, Undated

nam_apap226-1_40

44-6Lukac, Suzanne, Legal File1947-1958

nam_apap226-1_41

47Mount Vernon Republican Club1943-1944, 1949-1951

nam_apap226-1_42

48-9National Committees on Prisons and Prison Labor1942-1947

nam_apap226-1_43

410National Committees on Prisons and Prison Labor1947-1948, 1957

nam_apap226-1_44

411-15National Committees on Prisons and Prison Labor Agendas, Booklets, Correspondence, and Meeting Minutes1917, 1927-1953, Undated

nam_apap226-1_45

416National Committees on Prisons and Prison Labor Correspondence and Expenses1952-1955

nam_apap226-1_46

417National Committees on Prisons and Prison Labor, Kendall Estate1948-1954

nam_apap226-1_47

418-19National Republican Club, Correspondence1948-1952

nam_apap226-1_48

420-23 New York Bible Society Agendas, Correspondence, Meeting Minutes, Reports and Pamphlets1950-1958

nam_apap226-1_49

51-4New York State Constitutional Convention1928 April-1941 June

nam_apap226-1_50

55New York State Constitutional Convention Booklets1937-1938, Undated

nam_apap226-1_51

56-8New York State Constitutional Convention Correspondence, Statements and Pamphlets1894, 1937-1938, Undated

nam_apap226-1_52

59-10New York State Constitutional Convention, Proposed Amendments1938

nam_apap226-1_53

511New York State Constitutional Convention Record and Index1938

nam_apap226-1_54

512The New York Young Republican Club1938

nam_apap226-1_55

513Nuveen Family, Correspondence1954-1959

nam_apap226-1_56

514Opinion of Immunity from Federal Income Taxes1938

nam_apap226-1_57

515Papaconstantinou, Constantinos, Immigration1956-1957, Undated

nam_apap226-1_58

516Paraulos, Spiros (Immigration)1952, Undated

nam_apap226-1_59

517Parmentier's Roses, Legal File1954

nam_apap226-1_60

518-19Pedersen, John D., Correspondence1940

nam_apap226-1_61

520-21Pedersen, John D., Drafts and Memos1939-1940, Undated

nam_apap226-1_62

522Pierce, Florence1939-1959

nam_apap226-1_63

523Pisani, Simone (Immigration)1951-1955, Undated

nam_apap226-1_64

524Post-War Plans1942-1943

nam_apap226-1_65

525-26Quoch, Lunge (Immigration)1953-1959, Undated

nam_apap226-1_66

527-28Reed, Lily W., Legal File1949, 1954-1958, Undated

nam_apap226-1_67

529Religion Notes1953-1955, Undated

nam_apap226-1_68

530Republican National Committee1932-1936, 1944-1950, Undated

nam_apap226-1_69

611Request for Copies of 1910 Peace Resolution1949

nam_apap226-1_70

62Request for Copy of 1910 Peace Resolution and Nicholas Murray Butler Speeches1938-1942

nam_apap226-1_71

63Reynolds, Mark and Ann1955-1956, 1958

nam_apap226-1_72

64Santiago, Carol Immigration1952-1958, Undated

nam_apap226-1_73

65Schweitzer, Theodore1955, Undated

nam_apap226-1_74

66Serigos, Emanuel1952

nam_apap226-1_75

67Slavata, George (Immigration)1950-1954, Undated

nam_apap226-1_76

68Society of the Massing of the Colors1945, 1949

nam_apap226-1_77

69Special Assistant Attorney's General Reports Re: Election1935, 1938

nam_apap226-1_78

610Speeches1941

nam_apap226-1_79

611Speeches1944

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612-16Speeches, Correspondence and Drafts1923-1946, Undated

nam_apap226-1_81

617Speeches, Drafts1934-1942

nam_apap226-1_82

618-20Speeches Material1932-1950, Undated

nam_apap226-1_83

621Stevenson, Alice J., Legal File1954

nam_apap226-1_84

622Stiles, Family War Record1942-1943

nam_apap226-1_85

623Supreme Court of the United States, Petition for Rehearing1937

nam_apap226-1_86

624Sweer, John H., Legal File1953-1955, Undated

nam_apap226-1_87

625Syrigos, Antonios, Legal File1952-1959, Undated

nam_apap226-1_88

626Tariff Speech, "The Menance to American Industry in the Proposal to Reduce the Tariff"1945, Undated

nam_apap226-1_89

627Theiss, William W. Legal File1954-1955, Undated

nam_apap226-1_90

628Torjesen, EP Reverend (Immigration)1954-1959

nam_apap226-1_91

629-30Van Raalte, Legal File1931-1958

nam_apap226-1_92

71Westchester County Bar Association1953-1959, Undated

nam_apap226-1_93

72-4Weyerhauser Correspondence1933-1938

nam_apap226-1_94

75Weyerhauser-Drafts1943, Undated

nam_apap226-1_95

76-9Weyerhauser Lumber and National Lumber Correspondence1940-1942, Undated

nam_apap226-1_96

710-11Weyerhauser Lumber Company Correspondence1939-1942

nam_apap226-1_97

712-15Weyerhauser Lumber Company Printed Materials1941-1942, Undated

nam_apap226-1_98

716Weyerhauser National Lumber Correspondence (Folder 1 of 3)1940-1942

nam_apap226-1_99

81-2Weyerhauser National Lumber Correspondence (Folder 2-3 of 3)1940-1942

nam_apap226-1_100

83Weyerhauser Printed Matter, Clippings1942-1943

nam_apap226-1_101

84Weyerhauser, Washington Papers1942-1943, Undated

nam_apap226-1_102

85Winnetka Trip1953 May

nam_apap226-1_103

93Witschief, Graham and Margaret Correspondence1934-1947, 1952

nam_apap226-1_104

87Wriedt, Hans F.1954-1958

nam_apap226-1_105

88Ying, Sui Fong1958-1959

nam_apap226-1_106

89Zinke, Alexander F.1933-1941, 1948-1955
Quantity: 1.55 cubic ft. (about 1.55 boxes)
Arranged chronologically.
This series contains correspondence received by William Stiles Bennet. Outside of a few brief items from the 1890s, material in this series dates from the years 1930 through 1959. It is arranged chronologically.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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810Incoming1884 January-1935 December 27

nam_apap226-2_2

811Incoming1936 January 06-1937 September 28

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812Incoming1937 October 01-1937 December 30

nam_apap226-2_4

813Incoming1938 January 01-1938 April 29

nam_apap226-2_5

814Incoming1938 May 04-1938 December 27

nam_apap226-2_6

815Incoming1939 January 05-1939 August 22

nam_apap226-2_7

816Incoming1939 September 01-1940 April 25

nam_apap226-2_8

817Incoming1940 May 14-1940 December 26

nam_apap226-2_9

818Incoming1941 January 02-1941 August 26

nam_apap226-2_10

819Incoming1941 September 04-1941 December 30

nam_apap226-2_11

820Incoming1942 January 02-1942 July 28

nam_apap226-2_12

91Incoming1942 August 01-1942 December 28

nam_apap226-2_13

92Incoming1943 January 02-1943 July 28

nam_apap226-2_14

93Incoming1943 August 04-1944 April 26

nam_apap226-2_15

94Incoming1944 May 01-1944 December 30

nam_apap226-2_16

95Incoming1945 January 06-1945 September 21

nam_apap226-2_17

96Incoming1945 October 01-1945 December 31

nam_apap226-2_18

97Incoming1946 January 03-1946 December 19

nam_apap226-2_19

98Incoming1947 January 03-1947 October 30

nam_apap226-2_20

99Incoming1947 November 01-1948 June 30

nam_apap226-2_21

910Incoming1948 July 01-1948 December 30

nam_apap226-2_22

911Incoming1949 January 30-1949 May 30

nam_apap226-2_23

912Incoming1949 June 01-1950 April 29

nam_apap226-2_24

913Incoming1950 May 02-1950 December 30

nam_apap226-2_25

914Incoming1951 January 02-1951 December 27

nam_apap226-2_26

915Incoming1952 January 13-1952 December 29

nam_apap226-2_27

916Incoming1953 January 02-1954 December 28

nam_apap226-2_28

917Incoming1957 January 07-1958 July 28

nam_apap226-2_29

918Incoming1958 August 04-1959 June 01

nam_apap226-2_30

101Incoming1955 January 01-1956 December 21

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102IncomingUndated
Quantity: 1.28 cubic ft. (about 1.28 boxes)
Arranged alphabetically.
This series contains outgoing correspondence sent by William Stiles Bennet. These materials date from the 1930s through the 1950s and are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_apap226-3_1

103Outgoing: A1937-1958

nam_apap226-3_2

104Outgoing: B1934-1957

nam_apap226-3_3

105Outgoing: C1935-1957

nam_apap226-3_4

106-7Outgoing: D1937-1953, Undated

nam_apap226-3_5

108Outgoing: F1932-1955

nam_apap226-3_6

109Outgoing: G1937-1958

nam_apap226-3_7

1010-12Outgoing: H1932-1956, Undated

nam_apap226-3_8

1013Outgoing: I, J, K1933-1958, Undated

nam_apap226-3_9

1014Outgoing: L1933-1955

nam_apap226-3_10

1015Outgoing: M1933-1958

nam_apap226-3_11

1016-17Outgoing: N1933-1958

nam_apap226-3_12

1018Outgoing: O1933-1954

nam_apap226-3_13

1019-20Outgoing: P1935-1959

nam_apap226-3_14

1021Outgoing: Q1935-1957

nam_apap226-3_15

1022Outgoing: R1936-1959

nam_apap226-3_16

111Outgoing: R1936-1959

nam_apap226-3_17

112-4Outgoing: S1932-1958, Undated

nam_apap226-3_18

115Outgoing: T1937-1958

nam_apap226-3_19

116Outgoing: U, V1932-1958

nam_apap226-3_20

117-9Outgoing: W1937-1958

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1110Outgoing: X, Y, Z1935-1959
Quantity: 2.09 cubic ft. (about 2.09 boxes)
Arranged chronologically.
This series contains materials related to Bennet's various political campaigns as well as several oversized and fragile items. It includes a folder of speeches delivered by Bennet to the New York State Assembly in 1901-1902, several folders of material on Bennet's unsuccessful 1936 campaign for the Republican Vice Presidential nomination, and collections of political memorabilia from various campaigns. In addition, it includes several large scrapbooks, the transcription of an oral history interview with Bennet, tax reports from the town of Newburgh, a ledger dating from the late nineteenth century, and a collection of certificates documenting Bennet's election to various offices.
BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_apap226-4_1

1111Assembly Speeches1901-1902

nam_apap226-4_2

1112Campaign, General1936-1938

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1113Certificates and Framed Items1904-1920, 1937-1951

nam_apap226-4_4

1114Correspondence, Congressional Campaign1936

nam_apap226-4_5

1115Correspondence, General1888, 1932-1958, Undated

nam_apap226-4_6

1116Correspondence Pertaining to 1910 Dinner1910

nam_apap226-4_7

1117-18Dated MSS Speeches1901-1914, 1921-1937, 1942

nam_apap226-4_8

1119Delegates Sent to the Republican National Convention1936

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1120EssaysUndated

nam_apap226-4_10

1121Family GenealogyUndated

nam_apap226-4_11

1122"The Immigration Commission" featured inThe Survey1910

nam_apap226-4_12

Oversized 2Ledger1897-1906

nam_apap226-4_13

1123Legislative Bill, Appointment as Official Referees of Court Justices1936

nam_apap226-4_14

1124Letters in Response, Results of 1936 Election1936

nam_apap226-4_15

1125Miscellaneous Material1938, 1959, Undated

nam_apap226-4_16

1126Newburgh Tax Commission, Report of a Survey of Certain Departments of the Government of the City of Newburgh, NY1951

nam_apap226-4_17

1127Newburgh Tax Commission, Report of Financial Condition and Operations, Budgetary Control and Financial Reporting and the Accounting Methods and Procedures of the City of Newburgh, NYUndated

nam_apap226-4_18

Oversized 3Oral History of William Stiles BennetUndated

nam_apap226-4_19

1128PhotographsUndated

nam_apap226-4_20

1129Political Memorabilia1904-1914, 1921-1938

nam_apap226-4_21

1130Political Pamphlets and Clips1932-1934, Undated

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1131Printed Speeches1910-1916, 1925, 1934, Undated

nam_apap226-4_23

Oversized 1Scrapbook1944-1945

nam_apap226-4_24

Oversized 2Scrapbook1915-1917

nam_apap226-4_25

Oversized 3Scrapbook1902-1904

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Oversized 4Scrapbook1901-1902

nam_apap226-4_27

Oversized 5Scrapbook1898-1900

nam_apap226-4_28

5Scrapbook1900-1901

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1132-33Undated MSS SpeechesUndated

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1134Vice Presidential Campaign, Oregon Correspondence1936

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121-3Vice Presidential Campaign1936