History and Government of West Virginia
by Lewis, Virgil
American Book Company New York 1922
Jonathan M. Bennett
Jonathan M. Bennett (Illustration). The 28th of October, 1887 , was the date of the death of another prominent West Virginian. It was Jonathan M. Bennett, who was born in Collins Settlement, Lewis county, now West Virginia, October 4th, 1816 . Early in life he was deputy clerk of both county and circuit courts of his native county and in 1843 he was admitted to the bar and entered upon the practice of law. He was the first mayor of Weston. In 1851 be was elected a member of the General Assembly of Virginia. In 1857 Governor Henry A. Wise appointed him to the position of first Auditor of Virginia, in which office he continued until 1865 . He did much to secure the location of the Hospital for the Insane at Weston. With A. W. Campell and General John Jay Jackson, he was appointed in 1871 , by the Governor of West Virginia, to adjust with Virginia the respective proportions of the public debt of the old State.