SANFORD P. BENNETT, of the firm of Wood & Bennett, Cairo, Ill., is a native of Milton, Pike Co., Ill., and is the second of a family of five children of Lucius Bennett and Deborah Renoud. His parents are of French ancestry, though native born — the father a native of the State of New York, where he grew to manhood and married. From New York they removed to Illinois and settled in Pike County. Sanford P. was educated in the common schools of Pike County, and afterward took a course in a commercial college in the city of St. Louis, Mo. His early business life has been largely absorbed in clerical duties, having worked for seven years as Deputy Circuit Clerk of Pike County, besides a term as County Clerk in the same county. On the 24th of May, 1861, he enlisted in Company K, of the Sixteenth Illinois Infantry Regiment, from which he was discharged in December, 1862, on account of physical disability, and from that time until 1866 he was connected with the Quartermaster's Department at Cairo, Ill. In May, 1861, he was appointed to the position of Postmaster of Pittsfield, Ill., by President Lincoln, which office he filled by deputy until removed by President Johnson in 1866. In December, 1876, he became a member of the firm of Green, Wood & Bennett, which, by the retirement of the first named gentleman, is now Wood & Bennett, who do a general grain and milling business on the Ohio levee, corner of Eighteenth street. Mr. Bennett was married, December 14, 1865, in Pittsburgh, Penn., to Miss Kate McCallinn, a native of Scotland, where she was born on the 16th day of December, 1842. She came from Scotland to Philadelphia, Penn., with her parents, when four years old. Their family consists of five children, of whom one is deceased. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bennett are members of the Presbyterian Church of Cairo, Ill., and he is a member of the I. O. O. F.
Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 6-7.
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