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BENNETT, Richard

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BENNETT, Richard. (Ireland, Mar. 1, 1828--1902). Bennett emigrated to the United States in 1846. He arrived in New York on August 1st, but quickly moved to Boston where he remained five years working in the butcher business. He moved to New Albany, Indiana in 1851 and began farming. Continuing to look for better opportunities, he moved to Kentucky where he operated a grocery in Springfield. An outbreak of CHOLERA, however, convinced him to move north.

Bennett operated a grocery store in Chicago for two years before moving to Dubuque. In 1881 he had the thirty-three room BENNETT HOUSE constructed. He and his wife operated the hotel for several years, but later rented the premises to different people. In 1895 it was sold to Peter Huss for $10,000.



1. "Bennett House Sold," The Dubuque Herald, November 24, 1895, p. 8

Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company, 1894, p. 532