Source:  "Teaneck Becomes a Township", Chapter 10 from The History of Teaneck by Mildred Taylor, 
p. 57-58

William Bennett

............Toward the end of the nineteenth century there was a growing desire among Teaneck residents for a political identity. Phelps did not live to see the formation of Teaneck Township, which he had long desired. His death in June, 1894, came a few months before it was accomplished. Meetings were held and pressure was brought to bear on the State Legislature. Early in 1895 an act was passed creating the Township of Teaneck from Englewood and Ridgefield Townships. An election was held on February 13, 1895. William Bennett, Phelps's overseer, headed the Citizens Ticket which won. Others on the team were Peter I. Ackerman and Henry J. Brinkerhoff. The population then was 811. (The census of 1900 showed it as 768.)

The first meeting of the new township officials was called to order by Cornelius Terhune on March 16 in the Teaneck Chapel (Washington Avenue Union Sunday School). Mr. Terhune convened the meeting at 11 A.M. and turned over the ballot box and certificate of election returns to Frank S. DeRonde, clerk. William Bennett was elected chairman of the committee; Henry J. Brinkerhoff, treasurer, and Peter I. Ackerman, Poor House trustee. (The Tri-Township Poor House was on the present site of the Teaneck Armory.) William M. Johnson of Hackensack was named freeholder. Daniel G. Bogert became tax assessor; Tunis Cole tax collector, and Robert Stevenson justice of the peace.

By 4:40 P.M., when the meeting adjourned, the first town fathers had rented the Teaneck Chapel for $150 a year, including fire and light, for not more than thirty meetings a year. They had authorized the treasurer to borrow $500 in anticipation of taxes on the most favorable terms-for four months, if possible, not for over six months. ............


The Father of Teaneck: William Weaver Bennett (1841-1912)

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