|Birth: ||Mar. 28, 1839|
|Death: ||Feb. 12, 1908|
FELIX C. BENNETT, a prominent citizen of Green County, Wisconsin, was born in Licking County, Ohio, March 28, 1839, a son of Michael and Elizabeth (Donnelly) Bennett, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively. He lived in Ohio, until he was about fifteen years old. His father was keeping a hotel at Newark during the Mexican war, and in that Ohio city, Mr. Bennett grew to the age of fifteen years, when he came to Wisconsin, in company with his parents, and lived on their Green County farm for many years. He obtained a very good education in the public schools, and is a wide reader, and a deep thinker on public questions.
The business career of Mr. Bennett began by the rental of farm land in Monroe township, which he held for three years. Then the young farmer bought an eighty-acre tract in the same township, which he improved and occupied until 1875. That year he moved into Monroe, and engaged in the grocery business. He continued in that line for some twelve or fifteen years, doing very well as a tradesman and building up a fine patronage. When President Cleveland became the official head of the country it was a problem who should succeed the retiring postmaster of Monroe. Mr. Bennett easily demonstrated his possession of a standing as the leading Democratic politician of the city, and he was accordingly appointed, both in 1888 and in 1896, his second term of office expiring January 31, 1900.
In May 1864 occurred the marriage of Felix C. Bennett and Miss Catharine Bell, the daughter of William and Nancy (Hanger) Bell. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett became the parents of two sons and two daughters: twins who died in infancy, Byron C. and Ida B.; Clay W. who became a dentist and married Ida Roderick; and Estella who married George King of Janesville. Mrs. Catharine Bennett, the first wife of our subject died in 1879 [Dec 1880]. She was a member of the Christian Church, and a woman of fine character.
Mr. Bennett was again married, to Dr. Hannah C. Russell, daughter of John and Hannah (Rolfe) Russell, becoming his wife March 9, 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett are associated with the Christian Church. He is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and politically is a staunch Democrat. He has served as a supervisor and member of the county board from the First Ward of the City of Monroe. Mr. Bennett built his residence in 1893.
~ Extracted from the Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and LaFayette, Wisconsin, Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., published 1901., p331-2.
Michael Bennett (1812 - 1897)
Elizabeth Donnelly Bennett (1814 - 1900)
Catharine H. Bell Bennett (1843 - 1880)
Hannah C. Russell Bennett (1841 - 1913)
Clay William Bennett (1865 - 1950)*
Byron C. Bennett (1869 - 1870)*
Ida B. Bennett (1869 - 1869)*
Angeline C Bennett Parks (1836 - 1915)*
Felix C. Bennett (1839 - 1908)
Joseph Bennett (1841 - 1922)*
Nancy A Bennett Bailey (1845 - 1930)*
Wiley Bennett (1848 - 1884)*
Plot: Row 9 Blk 12 Lot 45
Created by: Cynthia Claytonroberts
Record added: Apr 07, 2013
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