Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett

Photographer

Troy Bennett takes photos and video for the BDN in Portland and beyond. Before joining the BDN in February 2012, Troy worked for the Times Record of Brunswick.
 

This Portland soldier’s pants and shoes were stolen after he died

By Troy R. Bennett on Oct. 24, 2016, at 4:59 p.m.
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This Civil War sailor from Portland died on a river down south

on Oct. 24, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
But 25 miles out of Alexandria, near Dunn’s Bayou, they were ambushed by Confederate troops and artillery. The fighting lasted most of the day.

This portland sailor died aboard a river gunboat in Louisiana

By Troy R. Bennett on Oct. 24, 2016, at 4 p.m.

Portland slaveowner willed a human being to his family

By Troy R. Bennett on Oct. 24, 2016, at 6:25 a.m.
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A Portland man left everything to his family, including his slave

on Oct. 23, 2016, at 8:17 p.m.
When he died in 1743, he willed a house, a barn, a wharf, land, furniture, livestock and a man named Cambridge to his family.

Here’s the story of the first federal execution in the US

By Troy R. Bennett on Oct. 22, 2016, at 10:24 a.m.
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This murderer was hanged in Portland’s Bramhall Square for piracy

on Oct. 22, 2016, at 10:21 a.m.
His trial commenced on the morning of June 4th. By suppertime, he’d been convicted. The next day, the judge sentenced him to hang.
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A Maine woman sailed all over the world, even though her family died at sea

on Oct. 21, 2016, at 4:21 p.m.
She was very seasick, the whole way.

Noyes Street landlord found not guilty of manslaughter

By Troy R. Bennett on Oct. 21, 2016, at 2:14 p.m.
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This newspaperman’s tombstone is shaped like a printer’s block

on Oct. 20, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
He began his long, ink-stained career as a printer’s apprentice at the old, daily Eastern Argus around 1872, when he was 14-years-old.

This newspaper man is still ready to print 80 years after his death

By Troy R. Bennett on Oct. 20, 2016, at 12:02 p.m.

This woman voyaged across the seas with her sea captain husband

By Troy R. Bennett on Oct. 20, 2016, at 12:01 p.m.
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Kittens make the presidential debate more civilized in Portland

on Oct. 20, 2016, at 10:48 a.m.

Kittens make the presidential debate more civilized in Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on Oct. 20, 2016, at 1:01 a.m.
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When Portland’s mayor had a militia shoot into a crowd

on Oct. 19, 2016, at 4:20 p.m.
Dow ordered a city militia to fire into the unarmed crowd gathered on the steps of City Hall.

Neal Dow was the mayor who really hated booze

By Troy R. Bennett on Oct. 19, 2016, at 4:11 p.m.
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Thousands of old Maine images will soon be available online for the first time

on Oct. 19, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Last month, MHS was awarded a $149,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to digitize, catalog and provide free online access through Maine Memory Network to 1,000 images in its early Maine photograph collection.
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These are the videos you need to see on Chuck Berry’s 90th birthday

on Oct. 18, 2016, at 1:24 p.m.
I remain convinced that one of the great tragedies in racist American history is that Chuck’s only number one record was “My Ding-a-Ling” in 1972. Pat Boone had six number one hits. Let that sink in for a minute.
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This bootlegger was Portland’s original crafty brewer

on Oct. 18, 2016, at 10:04 a.m.
By the time he died, this native of Ireland, he’d made a fortune selling illegal booze.

These old photos are being given a new, online life

By Troy R. Bennett on Oct. 17, 2016, at 6:26 p.m.