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Finding Aid for the
William Stiles Bennet
PAPERS, 1884-1959

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Finding Aid compiled by
Nicholas Webb
with assistance from Cory {LASTNAME}
June 2009

based on a finding aid compiled by Syracuse University staff
August 1967



 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME: 14.4 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, in 19xx.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:


William Stiles Bennet Papers
Biographical Sketch

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William Stiles Bennet was a U.S. Representative from New York. He was the father of Augustus Witschief Bennet, who also served as a U.S. Representative.

Bennet was born in Port Jervis, NY on November 9, 1870. He attended the common schools, graduated from Port Jervis Academy in 1889, and received his law degree from Albany Law School in 1892.

Bennet was a lawyer in private practice, an official reporter of the Orange County Board of Supervisors (1892-1893), a member of the New York State Assembly (1901-1902), a Justice of the Municipal Court of New York City (1903), a member of the United States Immigration Commission (1907-1910), and a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1908 and 1916. He served as a Republican in the 59th through 61st Congresses (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1911) and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910. He was elected to the 64th Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of U.S. Representative Joseph A. Goulden (November 2, 1915-March 3, 1917), but was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the 65th Congress in 1916. Bennet served as the official parliamentarian of the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1916 and was a United States delegate to the Seventeenth International Congress Against Alcoholism held in Copenhagen in 1923.

From 1920 to 1933 Bennet served as General Counsel to the Edward Hines Lumber Company. During the later 1930s and 1940s he served as a lobbyist and advocate for the lumber industry. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the 75th Congress in 1936. That same year Bennet also unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Vice President. He received the nomination in the Oregon primary due to his connection with the lumber industry in that state, but by the time of the national Republican Convention he was no longer considered a viable candidate and lost the nomination to Frank Knox of Illinois. He served as a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1938. He ran unsuccessfully in a special election in 1944 to fill a vacancy in the 78th Congress.

Bennet died on December 1, 1962, in Central Valley, NY. His ashes are interred in Laurel Grove Cemetery in Port Jervis, NY.


William Stiles Bennet Papers
Scope and Content Note

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The William Stiles Bennet Papers document the personal and professional activities of William Stiles Bennet. They date primarily from the years 1930-1960.

Series 1, Subject File, is organized alphabetically by subject. It contains Bennet's extensive files on various personal and professional subjects and dates primarily from the 1930s through the 1950s. This series include extensive files on the Forest-Algoma and Weyerhaeuser lumber companies, files on numerous individuals whom Bennet represented as an immigration lawyer, and material on the 1938 New York State Constitutional Convention. It also includes material related to philanthropic organizations such as the National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor and the National Bible Society.

Series 2, Incoming Correspondence, contains correspondence received by William Stiles Bennet. Outside of a few brief items from the 1890s, material in this series dates from the years 1930 through 1959. These items are arranged chronologically.

Series 3, Outgoing Correspondence, contains outgoing correspondence sent by William Stiles Bennet. These materials date from the 1930s through the 1950s and are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Series 4, Political Materials and Oversized Items, contains materials related to Bennet's various political campaigns as well as several oversized and fragile items. It includes a folder of speeches delivered by Bennet to the New York State Assembly in 1901-1902, several folders of material on Bennet's unsuccessful 1936 campaign for the Republican Vice Presidential nomination, and collections of political memorabilia from various campaigns. In addition, it includes several large scrapbooks, the transcription of an oral history interview with Bennet, tax reports from the town of Newburgh, a ledger dating from the late nineteenth century, and a collection of certificates documenting Bennet's election to various offices.


William Stiles Bennet Papers
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Subject File, 8.25 cubic ft.

This series is organized alphabetically by subject. It contains Bennet's extensive files on various personal and professional subjects and dates primarily from the 1930s through the 1950s. This series include extensive files on the Forest-Algoma and Weyerhaeuser lumber companies, files on numerous individuals whom Bennet represented as an immigration lawyer, and material on the 1938 New York State Constitutional Convention. It also includes material related to philanthropic organizations such as the National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor and the National Bible Society.

Series 2: Incoming Correspondence, 2 cubic ft.

This series contains correspondence received by William Stiles Bennet. Outside of a few brief items from the 1890s, material in this series dates from the years 1930 through 1959. It is arranged chronologically.

Series 3: Outgoing Correspondence, 1.75 cubic ft.

This series contains outgoing correspondence sent by William Stiles Bennet. These materials date from the 1930s through the 1950s and are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Series 4: Political Materials and Oversized Items, 2.4 cubic ft.

This series contains materials related to Bennet's various political campaigns as well as several oversized and fragile items. It includes a folder of speeches delivered by Bennet to the New York State Assembly in 1901-1902, several folders of material on Bennet's unsuccessful 1936 campaign for the Republican Vice Presidential nomination, and collections of political memorabilia from various campaigns. In addition, it includes several large scrapbooks, the transcription of an oral history interview with Bennet, tax reports from the town of Newburgh, a ledger dating from the late nineteenth century, and a collection of certificates documenting Bennet's election to various offices.


William Stiles Bennet Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Subject File

Box 1
Folder

1. American League for a Free Palestine, 1 of 2, 1946-1949
2. American League for a Free Palestine, 2 of 2, 1946-1949
3. Anderson, Carl J., Correspondence, 1946-1951
4. Anderson, Carl J., Naturalization Misc. Memos, 1947-1949
5. Albrecht, Carl Heinrich, Immigration Records, 1951-1955
6. Anti-Lynching Bill, 1936-1951
7. Barker, Mrs. Percival H, 1937
8. Bennet, Howell S, 1938-1951
9. Bennet, James E, 2 of 2, 1938-1947
10. Bennet, James E, 2 of 2, 1938-1947
11. Bennet, James E, 1948-1952
12. Boxill, Mrs. Vera, 1922-1952
13. Boxill, Mrs. Vera, Misc., 1938-1954
14. Chariton, Mrs. Bessie,1951-1953
15. Ching, Peter Pan-Shih (Immigration), 1 of 4
16. Ching, Peter Pan-Shih (Immigration), 2 of 4
17. Ching, Peter Pan-Shih (Immigration), 3 of 4
18. Ching, Peter Pan-Shih (Immigration), 4 of 4
19. Citroen, Mariane, 1 of 8
20. Citroen, Mariane, 2 of 8

Box 2
Folder

1. Citroen, Mariane, 3 of 8
2. Citroen, Mariane, 4 of 8
3. Citroen, Mariane, 5 of 8
4. Citroen, Mariane, 6 of 8
5. Citroen, Mariane, 7 of 8
6. Citroen, Mariane, 8 of 8
7. Supreme Court of the United States, Petition for Rehearing
8. Opinion of Immunity from Federal Income Taxes
9. The New York Young Republican Club
10. Legal Opinion on Immunity of Port Authority Bonds and Revenues from Federal Income Taxation
11. In Convention Record 64-70
12. Constitutional Convention Booklets
13. Constitutional Convention Record and Index
14. Constitutional Convention, 1 of 4, April 1928-June 1941
15. Constitutional Convention, 2 of 4, April 1928-June 1941
16. Constitutional Convention, 3 of 4, April 1928-June 1941
17. Constitutional Convention, 4 of 4, April 1928-June 1941
18. Constitutional Convention, Proposed Amendments, Bills, etc.
19. Constitutional Convention Misc. Lit. and Pamphlets, 1 of 3
20. Constitutional Convention Misc. Lit. and Pamphlets, 2 of 3
21. Constitutional Convention Misc. Lit. and Pamphlets, 3 of 3

Box 3
Folder

1. Forest-Algoma, Legal File #1, 1 of 3
2. Forest-Algoma, Legal File #1, 2 of 3
3. Forest-Algoma, Legal File #1, 3 of 3
4. Forest-Algoma, Legal File #2
5. Forest-Algoma vs. US, Correspondence
6. Forest-Algoma vs. US, 1 of 3
7. Forest-Algoma vs. US, 2 of 3
8. Forest-Algoma vs. US, 3 of 3
9. Forest-Algoma vs. US, current, 1 of 3
10. Forest-Algoma vs. US, current, 2 of 3
11. Forest-Algoma vs. US, current, 3 of 3
12. Forest-Algoma Lumber Company Correspondence, 1 of 2
13. Forest-Algoma Lumber Company Correspondence, 2 of 2
14. Forest Lumber Company, 1 of 3
15. Forest Lumber Company, 2 of 3
16. Forest Lumber Company, 3 of 3

Box 4
Folder

1. Forest-Algoma Misc. 1/3
2. Forest-Algoma Misc. 2/3
3. Forest-Algoma Misc. 3/3
4. Gates, Charles W Jr. (Immigration)
5. Gee, Mee Haw (Immigration)
6. Gill, James W. (Immigration) 1/4
7. Gill, James W. (Immigration) 2/4
8. Gill, James W. (Immigration) 3/4
9. Gill, James W. (Immigration) 4/4
10. Haac, Ernest Ottomar
11. Kafiluddin, L.S. (Immigration) 1952-53
12. Letters to Newspapers 1938-1945
13. Letters to Newspapers 1947-1953
14. Lukac, Peter
15. Lukac, Suzanne Legal File 1/2
16. Lukac, Suzanne Legal File 2/2
17. Lukac, Suzanne Official Papers
18. Lukac, Suzanne H.R. Bills, Drafts, Notes, Working Papers
19. Edward Hines Lumber Co. Corresp. 1943-59

Box 5
Folder

1. Edward Hines Lumber Company
2. Mount Vernon Republican Club
3. National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor, April 1, 1947,1948
4. National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor, April 1943
5. National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor, RE: Kendall Estate
6. National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor Misc, 1 of 4
7. National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor Misc, 2 of 4
8. National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor Misc, 3 of 4
9. National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor Misc, 4 of 4
10. National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor, 1952-1954
11. National Republican Club, July 1948-1952
12. Nuveen Family
13. New York Bible Society, 1 of 3
14. New York Bible Society, 2 of 3
15. New York Bible Society, 3 of 3
16. Papaconstantinou, Constantinos
17. Parmentier's Roses, Legal File
18. Peace Resolution 1910, W.S.B 1949
19. Peace Resolution 1910, Nicholas Murray Butler Speeches 6/1942
20. Pierce, Florence 1939-1959
21. Pedersen, John D. Correspondence

Box 6
Folder

1. Pedersen, John D Memos
2. Pedersen, John D Drafts and Misc.
3. Pisani, Simone (Immigration)
4. Post-War Plans, March-Sept 1943
5. Quoch, Lunge (Immigration)
6. Reed, Lily W., Legal File, 1 of 2
7. Reed, Lily W., Legal File, 2 of 2
8. Republican National Committee
9. Religion Notes
10. Reynolds, Mark and Ann
11. Santiago, Carol
12. Schweitzer, Theodore
13. Serigos, Emanuel
14. Slavata, George (Immigration)
15. Society of the Massing of the Colors
16. Special Assistant Attorney General Reports Re: Elections
17. Speech, James G. Blaine Club
18. Speeches 1941
19. Speeches 1944
20. Speeches/Remarks 1/4
21. Speeches/Remarks 2/4
22. Speeches/Remarks 3/4
23. Speeches/Remarks 4/4
24. Speech Material 1/3

Box 7
Folder

1. Speech Material 2/3
2. Speech Material 3/3
3. Paraulos, Spiros (Immigration)
4. Stevenson, Allice J., Legal File
5. Stilles, Family War Record
6. Sweer, John H., Legal File
7. Syrigos, Antonios, Legal File
8. Tariff Speech
9. Theiss, William W. Legal File
10. Torjesen, EP Reverend (Immigration)
11. Van Kaalte, Legal File 1935 1/2
12. Van Kaalte, Legal File 1935 2/2
13. Westchester County Bar Association
14. Weyerhauser Lumber and National Lumber Corresp. 1/4
15. Weyerhauser Lumber and National Lumber Corresp. 2/4
16. Weyerhauser Lumber and National Lumber Corresp. 3/4
17. Weyerhauser Lumber and National Lumber Corresp. 4/4

Box 8
Folder

1. Weyerhauser National Lumber Correspondence 1/3
2. Weyerhauser National Lumber Correspondence 2/3
3. Weyerhauser National Lumber Correspondence 3/3
4. Weyerhauser, Washington Papers
5. Weyerhauser- Drafts
6. Weyerhauser Corres. 1933-1938 1/3
7. Weyerhauser Corres. 1933-1938 2/3
8. Weyerhauser Corres. 1933-1938 3/3
9. Weyerhauser Lumber Company Corres. 1939-1942 1/2
10. Weyerhauser Lumber Company Corres. 1939-1942 2/2
11. Weyerhauser Lumber Company Printed Materials 1/5
12. Weyerhauser Lumber Company Printed Materials 2/5
13. Weyerhauser Lumber Company Printed Materials 3/5
14. Weyerhauser Lumber Company Printed Materials 4/5

Box 9
Folder

1. Weyerhauser Lumber Company Printed Materials 5/5
2. Winnetka Trip, May 1953
3. Witschief, Mr. and Mrs. Corres
4. Wriedt, Hans F.
5. Ying, Sui Fong
6. Zinke, Alexander F.

William Stiles Bennet Papers
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Series 2: Incoming Correspondence

Box 9, continued
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7. Incoming: January 1884- December 27, 1935
8. Incoming: January 6, 1936- September 28, 1937
9. Incoming: October 1, 1937- December 30, 1937
10. Incoming: January 1, 1938- April 29, 1938
11. Incoming: May 4, 1938- December 27, 1938
12. Incoming: January 5, 1939- August 22, 1939
13. Incoming: September 1, 1939- April 25, 1940
14. Incoming: May 14, 1940- December 26, 1940
15. Incoming: January 2, 1941- August 26, 1941
16. Incoming: September 4, 1941- December 31, 1941
17. Incoming: January 2, 1942- July 28, 1942
18. Incoming: August 1, 1942- December 28, 1942

Box 10
Folder

1. Incoming: January 2, 1943- July 28, 1943
2. Incoming: August 4, 1943- April 26, 1944
3. Incoming: May 1, 1944- December 30, 1944
4. Incoming: January 6, 1945- September 21, 1945
5. Incoming: October 1, 1945- December 31, 1945
6. Incoming: January 3, 1946- December 19, 1946
7. Incoming: January 3, 1947- October 30, 1947
8. Incoming: November 1, 1947- June 30, 1948
9. Incoming: July 1, 1948- December 30, 1948
10. Incoming: June 1, 1949- April 29, 1950
11. Incoming: May 2, 1950- December 30, 1950
12. Incoming: January 2, 1951- December 27, 1951
13. Incoming: January 13, 1952- December 29, 1952
14. Incoming: January 2, 1953- December 28, 1954
15. Incoming: January 7, 1957- July 28, 1958
16. Incoming: August 4, 1958- June 1, 1959

Box 11
Folder

1. Incoming: January 1, 1955- December 21, 1956
2. Incoming, Not Dated

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Series 3: Outgoing Correspondence

Box 11, continued
Folder

3. Outgoing: A
4. Outgoing: B
5. Outgoing: C
6. Outgoing: D 1/2
7. Outgoing: D 2/2
8. Outgoing: F
9. Outgoing: G
10. Outgoing: H 1/3
11. Outgoing: H 2/3
12. Outgoing: H 3/3
13. Outgoing: I, J, K
14. Outgoing: L
15. Outgoing: M
16. Outgoing: N 1/2
17. Outgoing: N 2/2
18. Outgoing: O
19. Outgoing: P 1/2

Box 12
Folder

1. Outgoing: P 2/2
2. Outgoing: Q
3. Outgoing: R 1/2
4. Outgoing: R 2/2
5. Outgoing: S 1/3
6. Outgoing: S 2/3
7. Outgoing: S 3/3
8. Outgoing: T
9. Outgoing: U, V
10. Outgoing: W 1/3
11. Outgoing: W 2/3
12. Outgoing: W 3/3
13. Outgoing: X, Y, Z

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Series 4: Political Materials and Oversized Items

Box 12, continued
Folder

14. W.S.B Misc.
15. Misc. Correspondence
16. Political Pamphlets and Clips 1932-1934
17. WSB Vice President 1936 1/3
18. WSB Vice President 1936 2/3
19. WSB Vice President 1936 3/3
20. WSB Vice President, Oregon Correspondence
21. Letters in Response, Results of 1939 Election
22. Delegates to Convention, 1936
23. Sullivan Bill
24. 1937 Campaign General
25. Assembly Speeches 1901-1902
26. Correspondence: 1910 Dinner

Box 13
Folder

1. Corres: 1936 Congressional Campaign
2. Essay: MSS
3. Family Genealogy
4. Misc. Clippings
5. Political Memorabilia
6. Misc. Correspondence
7. Printed Articles
8. Printed Speeches
9. Undated MSS Speeches 1/2
10. Undated MSS Speeches 2/2
11. Dated MSS Speeches 1/2
12. Dated MSS Speeches 2/2
13. Scrapbook, 1898-1900
14. Scrapbook, 1900-1901
15. Scrapbook, 1901-1902

Box 14
Item

1. Scrapbook, 1902-1904
2. Scrapbook, 1915-1917
3. Scrapbook, 1944-1945

Box 15
Item

1. Certificates and Framed Items [preservation photocopies]
  1. Certificate of Election - 17th Congressional District, 1904
  2. Certificate of Appointment - Justice of Municipal Court, Borough of Manhattan, 1904
  3. Certificate of Election - 17th Congressional District, 1906
  4. Certificate of Election - 21st Assembly District, 1907
  5. Certificate of Election - 21st Assembly District, 1907
  6. Certificate of Election - Republican National Convention District Delegate, 1908
  7. Certificate of Election - 17th Congressional District, 1908
  8. Letter from Arthur Gale, Esq., April 7, 1908
  9. Certificate of Election - 23rd Congressional District, 1915
  10. Certificate of Election - Republican National Convention District Delegate, 1920
  11. Certificate of Election - Constitutional Convention Delegate, 1938
  12. Revenue Revision of 1942 - Statement of the Hon. William S. Bennet
  13. Letter from E.J.W. Barnes, March 4, 1948
  14. Extract from Minutes of the Official Board of the Chester Hill Methodist Church, 1951
2. Newburgh Tax Commission, Report of a Survey of Certain Departments of the Government of the City of Newburgh, N.Y., 1951.
3. Newburgh Tax Commission, Review of Financial Condition and Operations, Budgetary Control and Financial Reporting and the Accounting Methods and Procedures of the City of Newburgh, N.Y., undated
4. Ledger, 1897-1906 [This item has a heavily deteriorated leather binding.]
5. Certificates and Framed Items [Originals - very fragile. Please use the preservation photocopies in Folder 1 unless necessary.]
6. Oral History Memoir of William Stiles Bennet (bound volume)

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