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Augustus Witschief Bennet Passes Away

Today in Masonic History Augustus Witschief Bennet passes away in 1983.

Augustus Witschief Bennet was an American politician.

Bennet was born in New York City, New York on October 7th, 1897. His father was a member of the United States House of Representatives so Bennet went to school in both New York City and Washington D.C. He later graduated from Amherst College in 1918.

Starting in 1918, Bennet served during World War I as part of the United States Naval Reserve Flying Corps. He stopped his service in January of 1919.

In 1921, Bennet graduated from Columbia University Law School. The same year he was admitted to the bar and begin practicing law.

In 1923, Bennet was appointed as a Bankruptcy Referee. A Bankruptcy Referee is an appointed individual who who has quasi-judge powers to oversea a bankruptcy proceeding. He left the position of Bankruptcy Referee in 1944.

In 1944, Bennet was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He served only one term when he was unable to secure a nomination for a second.

After leaving office, Bennet moved to Laguna Hills, California.

Bennet passed away in Concord, Massachusetts on June 5th, 1983.

Bennet was a member of Hudson River Lodge No. 607 in Newburgh, New York.