The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 505

Builder Identification

B.1864 in France; Kendal Green, Massachusetts, c.1890-1900; Chicago, Illinois, c. 1895; Rock Island, Illinois, 1902-1930.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991; rev. ed., 1997, with updated information). -

    Born January 28, 1864 in Calais, France; in Nova Scotia, Canada as child; apprentice with George S. Hutchings firm of Massachusetts; with Hook & Hastings of Kendal Green, Massachusetts, c. 1890-1900; with Lyon & Healy of Chicago, Illinois, c. 1895, head of pipe organ department; with Marshall-Bennett firm of Rock Island, Illinois, 1902; with successor Bennett Organ Co., 1908-1927; with successor Rock Island Organ Co., 1927-1930; died April 23, 1938 in Arlington, Texas.

    Patents held:

    • Patent #549,344; November 5, 1895; reed organ
    • Patent #599,439; February 22, 1898; reed organ
    • Patent #616,221; December 20, 1898; bellows
    • Patent #624,742; May 9, 1899; reed organ
    • Patent #678,329; July 9, 1901; reed organ


    • The Diapason, November 1930, 21.
    • The Diapason, June 1938, 4.
    • Organ Handbook (Organ Historical Society) 1986, 17.
    • Richard Lahaise
    • The American Organist, January, 1968, 22.

Database Entries

There are no entries in the database that describe organs by Robert J. Bennett.

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