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Bennet, James Arlington


21 Dec. 1788–25 Dec. 1863. Attorney, newspaper publisher, educator, author. Born in New York. Married first Sophia Smith, 8 May 1811. Served as third and later second lieutenant in First U.S. Artillery, 1 Aug. 1813–14 Oct. 1814. Published American System of Practical Book-keeping, 1824, with subsequent editions printed until 1855. Lived in New Utrecht/Gravesend, Kings Co., New York, by 1830. Published Brooklyn Advocate and Nassau Gazette, 1832–1836. Awarded honorary doctor of laws degree, 22 Apr. 1842, from University of Nauvoo. Appointed inspector general of Nauvoo Legion, Apr. 1842. Founded Arlington Academy, 1843, at New Utrecht. Baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Brigham Young, 30 Aug. 1843, at Coney Island, Kings Co., though did not participate actively in church. Invited to run for U.S. vice presidency as JS’s running mate, 1843; invitation withdrawn because of misunderstanding regarding Bennet’s supposed birth in Ireland. Married second Julia Helen Berkeley, 30 Dec. 1851. Lived with Margaret Curtin, 1852–1863. Died in Brooklyn, Kings Co.