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John Bonifas Bennett (January 10, 1904 – August 9, 1964) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

John B. Bennett
John B. Bennett (Michigan Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 12th district
In office
January 3, 1947 – August 9, 1964
Preceded byFrank Hook
Succeeded byJames G. O'Hara
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1945
Preceded byFrank Hook
Succeeded byFrank Hook
Personal details
John Bonifas Bennett

(1904-01-10)January 10, 1904
Garden, Michigan
DiedAugust 9, 1964(1964-08-09) (aged 60)
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Resting placeGate of Heaven Cemetery
Political partyRepublican

Bennett was born in Garden, Michigan,[1] his mother was an immigrant from Luxembourg.[2] He attended the public schools, and graduated from Watersmeet High School. He graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1925[1] and took a post-graduate course at the University of Chicago Law School in 1926.

He was admitted to the Wisconsin bar in 1925 and to the Michigan bar in 1926. He practiced law in Ontonagon, Michigan, from 1926 through 1942. He was prosecuting attorney of Ontonagon County from 1929 to 1934 and the deputy commissioner of the Michigan Department of Labor and Industry from 1935 to 1937.

Bennett was unsuccessful in his first two attempts for a seat in the United States House of Representatives, losing in 1938 and 1940 to incumbent Democrat Frank E. Hook. In 1942 Bennett defeated Hook and was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 12th congressional district to the 78th Congress, serving from January 3, 1943, to January 3, 1945.

In 1944 Bennett lost the election to Hook.[1] Two years later in 1946 he returned to Congress once again, having been unsuccessfully challenged by Emil Hurja in the Republican primary.[3] He was subsequently re-elected to the eight succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1947, until his death from cancer in Chevy Chase, Maryland, in August 1964.[1]

In Congress, Bennett was a moderate Republican who initially opposed civil rights bills, but he finally voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 shortly before his death at age 60.

He is interred in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Rep. John Bennett Dies in Maryland". The Escanaba Daily Press. August 10, 1964. p. 1. Retrieved May 14, 2015 – via  
  2. ^ "United States Census, 1920", FamilySearch, retrieved March 20, 2018
  3. ^ Burton W. Folsom (July 1, 2002). "The Crystal Gazer from Crystal Falls". Retrieved April 25, 2016.

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