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About Augustus Witschief Bennett
Augustus Witschief Bennet (October 7, 1897 – June 5, 1983) was a United States Representative from New York. Born in New York City, he was a son of U.S. Representative William Stiles Bennet and attended the public schools in New York City and Washington, D.C.. He graduated from Amherst College in 1918 and during the First World War served in the United States Naval Reserve Flying Corps with the rating of chief quartermaster from June 8, 1918 to January 19, 1919. He graduated from the Columbia University Law School at New York City in 1921, was admitted to the bar the same year, and commenced practice in Newburgh. He was United States referee in bankruptcy from 1923 to 1944, and was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-ninth Congress, holding office from January 3, 1945 to January 3, 1947. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1946, resumed the practice of law, and resided in Laguna Hills, California until his death in Concord, Massachusetts in 1983. He was cremated, and the ashes interred at Cedar Hills Mausoleum in Newburgh.