Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 575-76.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  Oliver P. Bennett

OLIVER P. BENNETT, MAPLETON. - Senator from the thirty-fourth district comprising Crawford, Harrison and Monona counties, was born at Elgin, Illinois, October 10, 1892. His parents, James L. and Mary Potter Bennett, homesteaded in Buena Vista county, Iowa, removed to Illinois for three years, returning to Monona county in 1895. Lived on a farm in Monona county until 1911. Graduated Mapleton high school 1911, liberal arts Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., 1911-1912, attended State University of Iowa, 1912-1913. Graduated college of law, Drake University, 1915. Admitted to the bar of Iowa June, 1915. Veteran World war. Eleventh district adjutant American Legion 1922-1923, eleventh district commander American Legion 1924. County attorney, Monona county, two terms, 1925 to 1929.  Engaged in farming and stock raising in Monona county. Married Helen Kirk of Des Moines, daughter of Professor Sherman Kirk of Drake University.  Has a daughter, Dorothy, and three sons, James Louis, Kirk and Oliver, Jr. Member Field Artillery Reserve Corps, Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, Masonic lodge. Has practiced law at Mapleton since 1919. A member of the senate in the forty-third and forty-fourth general assemblies. A republican.