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Benning Wentworth JENNESS

(1806-1879)
Senate Years of Service:
1845-1846
Party:
Democrat

JENNESS, Benning Wentworth, a Senator from New Hampshire; born in Deerfield, Rockingham County, N.H., July 14, 1806; attended Bradford Academy, Massachusetts; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Strafford, N.H., 1826-1856; held several local offices; member, State house of representatives; judge of probate of Strafford County 1841-1845; appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Levi Woodbury and served from December 1, 1845, to June 13, 1846; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress; member of the State constitutional convention in 1850; nominated for Governor of New Hampshire in 1861 but withdrew; moved to Ohio and engaged in lumbering and banking; died in Cleveland, Ohio, November 16, 1879; interment in the family cemetery, Strafford, N.H.

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

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