Transcribed from the book "History of Warrick County" by Goodspeed, Chicago: Goodspeed Bros., 1885, submitted by Judy.
Morris W. Bennett was born in Indianapolis , October 7, 1834 , one
of nine children of Morris W. and Barbara A. (Shearer) Bennett. The
father was born in Miami County, Ohio, August 16, 1796, and the mother
near Harrisburg, Penn., November 30, 1802, and their marriage was
solemnized in 1820. Two years later they came to Indianapolis and Mr.
Bennett soon afterward engaged in merchandising, continuing with much
profit until 1837, when he removed to Evansville and in the spring of
1841 to Boonville, where he died May 12, 1857. He was a prominent and
respected citizen. His widow survived him until March 28, 1881, dying at
the residence of her daughter at Midway, Spencer County. Morris W., Jr.,
was educated at the State University, Bloomington, and soon thereafter
entered into the drug business at Boonville in partnership with Dr. W.
L. Baker, continuing four years and studying medicine in the meantime.
He then engaged in the dry goods trade and was thus occupied until he
was appointed Deputy County Auditor. After some time he began
merchandising with M. L. Fay, but two years later the partnership was
dissolved and Mr. Bennett has since conducted the business alone with
steadily increasing profit. Besides his large store he owns valuable
property in Boonville and considerable good farm land in Warrick County.
He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a
member of the A.O.U.W. and is a Republican. October 19, 1858, he married
Miss Hannah F. McClintock, of Pennsylvania, by whom he is the father of
nine sons, as follows: Charles E., Clarence W., Frank V., William G.,
John I., George M., Harry A., Albert P., and Edward L.
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