Henry Wilbur Bentley

Henry Wilbur Bentley
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 23rd district
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Preceded byJames S. Sherman
Succeeded byJames S. Sherman
Personal details
BornSeptember 30, 1838 (1838-09-30)
DeRuyter, Madison County, New York
DiedJanuary 27, 1907 (1907-01-28) (aged 68)
Boonville, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Mary M. Dickerman Bentley



Henry Wilbur Bentley (September 30, 1838 – January 27, 1907) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.


Born in DeRuyter, Madison County, New York, Bentley was the son of Zadock T. and Lucy Caroline (Gardner) Bentley. He moved with his parents to Morrisville, New York, attended Morrisville Union School, Yates Polytechnic Institute, and Judd's private school in Berkshire. He married Mary M. Dickerman.[1]


Bentley taught school for several years and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1861 and commenced practice in Boonville, New York. He served as chairman of the Oneida County Building Commission, and as president of the village of Boonville in 1874, from 1889 to 1891, and in 1899.

Elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress in the Democratic landslide of 1890, Bentley was U.S. Representative for the twenty-third district of New York from March 4, 1891 to March 3, 1893.[2] He defeated incumbent Rep. James S. Sherman, the future Vice President of the United States. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress when Sherman defeated him and reclaimed his old seat. He continued the practice of law in Boonville, New York.


Bentley died in Boonville, Oneida County, New York, on January 27, 1907 (age 68 years, 119 days). He is interred at Boonville Cemetery, Boonville, New York.[3]


  1. ^ "Henry Wilbur Bentley". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Henry Wilbur Bentley". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Henry Wilbur Bentley". Find A Grave. Retrieved 30 August 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James S. Sherman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Succeeded by
James S. Sherman

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