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David Smith BENNETT

(1811-1894)

BENNETT, David Smith, a Representative from New York; born on a farm near Camillus, Onondaga County, N.Y., May 3, 1811; attended the common schools and the local academy in Onondaga; engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to Syracuse and engaged in the produce business, afterwards extending his business to New York City; moved to Buffalo in 1853 and built and operated several grain elevators; also purchased the original Dart grain elevator; elected a member of the State senate in 1865; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1870; resumed his former business pursuits in Buffalo, N.Y., where he died November 6, 1894; interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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