Marion Tinsley Bennett

Marion Tinsley Bennett ( born June 6, 1914 in Buffalo, Dallas County, Missouri; † 6 September 2000 in Alexandria, Virginia) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1943 and 1949 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives; later he became a federal judge.


Marion Bennett was the son of Congressman Philip Allen Bennett ( 1881-1942 ). He attended the public schools in Buffalo, Jefferson City and Springfield. Then he studied until 1935 at Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield. After a subsequent law studies at the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis and his 1938 was admitted as a lawyer, he started working in Springfield in this profession. Since January 3, 1941, he was secretary to his father, who took his seat in Congress on this day. Politically belonged to both Bennett's the Republican Party. Between 1938 and 1942 Marion Bennett was a board member of his party in Greene County. From 1938 to 1948 he participated in all regional party conferences in Missouri as a delegate.

After the death of his father, Bennett was at the due election for the sixth seat of Missouri as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 12 January 1943. After two re- elections he could remain until January 3, 1949 in Congress. This time was determined by the events of the Second World War and its consequences. In 1945 he was part of a ten-member congressional delegation, the Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar, at the invitation of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, to get an idea of the atrocities committed there.

In 1948, Bennett defeated Democrat George H. Christopher. Until 1974 he was a member as a colonel in the reserve of the United States Air Force. Between 1949 and 1972 Marion Bennett was Federal Commissioner at the Court of Claims in Washington. From 1972 to 1982 he was a judge of this Court. Thereafter he served until 1987 Judge at the Federal Court of Appeals for the Federal District Court. Then he withdrew into retirement. Marion Bennett died on 6 September 2000 in Alexandria and was buried in Springfield.