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Augustus Bennet Papers


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The collection contains materials from Augustus Bennet's campaigns for the House of Representatives from New York's 26th Congressional District and files from his subsequent service in Congress.


Bennet, Augustus W., 1897-1983
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23.13 cubic ft. (about 23.13 boxes)

Augustus Witschief Bennet was born in New York City on October 7, 1897, the son of William Stiles Bennet. Augustus Bennet attended the public schools of New York City and Washington, D.C., and graduated from Amherst College in 1918. During World War I he served in the United States Naval Reserve Flying Corps with the rating of chief quartermaster from June 8, 1918, to January 19, 1919. He graduated from Columbia University Law School in New York City in 1921, was admitted to the bar the same year, and commenced practice in Newburgh, NY. Bennet was a United States referee in bankruptcy from 1923-1944 and was elected as a Republican to the 79th Congress and served January 3, 1945-January 3, 1947. Bennet was not reelcted in 1946. He resumed the practice of law and resided in Laguna Hills, CA until his death in Concord, MA on June 5, 1983. His ashes are interred at Cedar Hills Mausoleum in Newburgh, NY.

This collection consists of materials from Augustus Bennet's 1942, 1944 and 1946 Congressional election campaigns, correspondence, bills, invitations, subject files, news releases, and speeches.

The collection is unprocessed and is likely disorganized. Individual items may be difficult to find.

1963Augustus Bennet initially donated his papers to Syracuse University.
2006The papers were transferred to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

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Published: 2018-03-06 04:46:21 -0500

EAD file created, 2014

Encoded in EAD by Jodi Boyle, 2015

Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

Access to this collection is restricted because it is unprocessed. Portions of the collection may contain recent administrative records and/or personally identifiable information. While it is likely that portions of the collection may be viewed, access must be managed by an archivist.

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, Augustus Bennet Papers, 1942-1946. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Bennet Papers).