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Benning Wentworth Jenness (July 14, 1806November 16, 1879) was a United States Senator from New Hampshiremarker.

Born in Deerfieldmarker, he attended Bradford Academy, Massachusetts and engaged in mercantile pursuits in Strafford, New Hampshiremarker from 1826 to 1856. He held several local offices and was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. From 1841 to 1845 he was judge of probate of Strafford Countymarker, and was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Levi Woodbury. Jenness served from December 1, 1845, to June 13, 1846, and was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress. He was a member of the state constitutional convention in 1850 and was nominated for Governor of New Hampshire in 1861 but withdrew. He moved to Ohiomarker and engaged in lumbering and banking. Bennett W. Jenness died in Clevelandmarker; interment was in the family cemetery, Strafford, New Hampshire.


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