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DeRobigne Mortimer "D.M." Bennett
Birth: Dec. 23, 1818
Springfield
Otsego County
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 6, 1882
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Journalist. He was the founder, editor, and publisher of The "Truth Seeker", a freethought and reform periodical. Considered one of 19th-century America's most controversial publishers, he founded the "blasphemous" (as it was called) newspaper in 1873, and his publications were censored and prohibited from newsstands. In less than a decade, he became the most successful publisher of liberal literature in America, and provided a medium for figures such as Mark Twain, Clarence Darrow, and Robert G. Ingersoll, His opposition to dogmatic religion and obscenity laws so infuriated Anthony Comstock, the United States Post Office's "special agent" and self-proclaimed "weeder in God's garden," that he was eventually prosecuted, subjected to a controversial and widely publicized trial, and finally imprisoned. Bennett's historically significant New York obscenity trial and monumental, though ultimately unsuccessful, petition campaign for a pardon was the largest of its kind in the 19th century and one that went all the way to the White House. D.M. Bennett was also a prominent member of the National Liberal League, spiritualist, and theosophist. (bio by: Rod Bradford) 
 
Burial:
Green-Wood Cemetery
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Plot: Section 18, Lot 13341
 
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Originally Created by: Rod Bradford
Record added: Sep 17, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11768082
DeRobigne Mortimer D.M. Bennett
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DeRobigne Mortimer D.M. Bennett
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DeRobigne Mortimer D.M. Bennett
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"It is a blessed thing that in every age someone has had individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions." (Robert G. Ingersoll)
- Gerrie
 Added: Jul. 30, 2013
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- runawayuniverse
 Added: Jun. 9, 2012
Thank you for your writings. R.I.P. DeRobigne "D.M." Bennett
- Quack_Quack
 Added: Apr. 29, 2011
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