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George D. Bennett Papers

George D. Bennett Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: George D. Bennett Papers
Creator: Bennett, George D.
Inclusive Dates: 1896-1923
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 box(es) (.25 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL076GDB
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The collection is comprised of papers related to George D. Bennett, farmer and politician from Jackson County, Georgia. Bennett was an active particiant in local politics and he held several positions in Clarke County, Jackson County, and Oglethorpe County. The papers in this collection document his role as a local politician and farmer. Papers include correspondence from various citizens encouraging Bennett to run for State Legislature, letters from members of the Love Lodge Masons, and printed material including a speech made by Hoke Smith in 1906 and the Child Labor Bill.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

George Daniel Bennett was born on November 22, 1864 in Jackson County, Georgia to Alva Thurman Bennett and Sarah Loudora Morgan. He was first married to Effie S. Jackson from 1887 until her death in 1902 and they had four children: Ulric Joseph Bennett, Eunice Bennett, William Tapley Bennett, and Exa Ora Bennett. His second marriage was to Minnie Belle Maley in 1903 and they had two children: Sarah Bennett and Mildred Bennett. Bennett is the grandfather of Ambassador William Tapley Bennett, Jr. In addition to being a farmer, Bennett was also an active participant in local politics. He held several positions in Clarke County, Jackson County, and Oglethorpe County: Justice of Peace for Jackson County (1888), Georgia House of Representatives for Jackson County (1894 to 1897), Georgia House of Representatives for Clarke County (1927 to 1932, 1939 to 1940), Mayor of Maxeys, Georgia (1910 to 1911), Alderman for Maxeys, Georgia (1913 to 1914).

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised of correspondence related to agriculture, letters written to Bennett from various citizens encouraging him to run for State Legislature, letters regarding land transactions, and correspondence from members of the Love Lodge Masons. Other materials in this collection include draft notices from the Local Board of Oglethorpe County during the First World War, Bennett's income tax returns, and printed material which include cotton advertisement broadsides, a pamphlet on the Child Labor Bill, and a speech made by Hoke Smith in 1906.

Organization and Arrangement

The files in this collection are organized in alphabetical order.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George D. Bennett Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2012.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Agriculture -- Georgia
Clarke County (Ga.)
Georgia -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Jackson County (Ga.)
Oglethorpe County (Ga.)

Related Collections in this Repository

William Tapley Bennett, Jr. Papers

Related Collections in Other Repositories

William Tapley Bennett, Sr. Papers, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


George D. Bennett Papers

11[Agriculture Related Pamphlets, Volunteer Missionary Movement, Proceedings of Elbert County], 1909-1910
12[Child Labor Bill], 1906 March 22
13[Commencement Program for Georgia College of Eclectic-Medicine and Surgery], 1913 May 1
14[Financial Documents –Tax Statements, Tax Returns], 1907-1910, 1918-1919
15[Hoke Smith Campaign], 1906
16[Letters Written to George Bennett], 1906-1923
17[Letters and Notes Written by George D. Bennett, Agreement between Alva Thurman Bennett and W.W. Landrum], 1896, 1910
18[Lists of Charter Members by County], 1917-1919
19[Lithograph of A.O. Bacon, World War I Certificates and Pamphlets], undated, 1917-1918
110[Love Lodge Constitution and Letters], 1906, 1911
111[New York Life Insurance Policy, Indian Refining Company], 1906, 1910
OS 11[The Cotton Seed Newsletter, Cotton Season Notice Broadside], 1906, 1911