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Granville Gaylord BENNETT

(1833-1910)

BENNETT, Granville Gaylord, a Delegate from the Territory of Dakota; born near Bloomingburg, Fayette County, Ohio, October 9, 1833; moved to Illinois in 1849 with his parents, who settled in Fulton County, and to Washington, Iowa, in 1855; attended Howe’s Academy, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and Washington College, Iowa; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Washington, Iowa; during the Civil War served in the Union Army as a commissioned officer from July 1861 to August 1865 and was assigned to the Seventh and Nineteenth Regiments of Iowa Volunteer Infantry; returned to Washington, Iowa; member of the State house of representatives 1865-1867; served in the State senate 1867-1871; appointed associate justice of the supreme court of the Territory of Dakota on February 24, 1875, and served until August 23, 1878, when he resigned, having been nominated for Congress; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); was not a candidate for reelection in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress; resumed the practice of law in Deadwood, S.Dak.; elected judge of the probate court of Lawrence County and served three terms; died at Hot Springs, Fall River County, S.Dak., June 28, 1910; interment in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Deadwood, S.Dak.

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

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