Political scientist; University professor. Born Danville, Va., November 19, 1907.  Parents; Walter H. and Martha Dodson Bennett.  Married– Maxine Purcell. Education– University of Richmond, 1930; Duke University, Ph.D., 1940. Taught in the Virginia public schools; Georgia Teachers College at Statesboro (1936-38); University of Alabama,1938-1977 ; assistant director of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Mississippi, 1941-1942; visiting professor at Louisiana State University and at Duke University during some summers. Member of the American Political Science Association; member and President of the Southern Political Science Association. Served on the editorial staff of the Journal of Politics and the American Political Science Review and on the Council of the American Political Science Association.  Retired from the University of Alabama faculty in 1977.  The Walter Hartwell Bennett Memorial Scholarship was established at the University of  Alabama in his honor. Died November 19, 1986.


Files at Alabama Department of Archives and History;


American Theories of Federalism. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1964.


Letters From the Federal Farmer to the Republican. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1978.