Biography of Hiram Bennett
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Bennett, Hiram, a native of Hornellsville, was born September 1, 1815. He was a son of the late Major Thomas Bennett, one of the early pioneers of this valley, and a grandson of Solomon Bennett, who came to this region from Wyoming before Judge Hornell settled here. Having been born in Hornellsville, he was naturally in its earlier history thoroughly identified with the town and its interests. He began his education in Howard Academy, then a school of some local note. He subsequently went to Lima, where he completed his preparatory course, and afterward entered Union College, where he graduated with honor in 1839. He was Hornellsville's first college graduate. Returning to Horneflsville he became the teacher of the village school, serving in that capacity with great acceptance. He shortly took up the study of law in the office of the late Hon. John K. Hale, in this place, and was admitted to the liar about 1842, when he began practicing. Although a man of thorough education and unusual attainments he did not find the practice of law suited to his tastes, and never took the position at the bar which he might have won if the profession had enlisted his enthusiasm. Mr. Bennett held several local public offices during his lifetime. From 1841 to 1845 he was town clerk, and held the office of justice of the peace for twenty five years, beginning about 1845. Hem was once president of the village and was a village trustee for a number of years. He ran for member of assembly many years ago as the candidate of the Democracy - the party to which he gave allegiance throughout his life. Hem was defeated by the town of Reading, then a part of Steuben county0 for his known desire to divide the county. He never after sought political honors. He was a school trustee and clerk of the Board of Education for a number of years. He was also president of the Hornell Association. He was at one time judge advocate on Gen. P. Hartshorn's staff, the only military office he ever accepted. He was also one of the early surveyors of the town. He died December 8, 1883. He was married in 1850 to Miss Eliza, daughter of Christopher Doty, one of the pioneers of Stephen county. They were the parents of one child, Frank H. Bennett. An adopted daughter, M. Estelle, is now the wife of Addison J. Sutfin, of Hornellsville. Frank H. Bennett, his son, was born in the city of Hornellsville, November 27, 1858. He was educated in the city schools and in 1879 he entered Pennsylvania Military College, Chester, Pa., graduating with the degree of C. E. in 1883. He also entered the Philadelphia Commercial College, but was obliged to leave on account of his father's health He was secretary of the Hornell Library Association for a number of years, and was also assistant chief engineer of the Hornellsville Fire Department. He has devoted his time to the real estate business since leaving school and was the originator of the William street property, placing over forty building lots within reach of the city residents, and has taken an interest in literary work. He was the founder and also the publisher of the popular club and society journal, "New York City Life," with Richard O. Shaut, who still conducts it. Mr. Bennett severed his connection with the enterprise in the spring of 1893 and has since devoted his whole attention to his real estate business.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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