History of Bentleyville, Pa.
From: A History of Washington County, Pennsylvania
By: Earle R. Forrest
Published By The S. J. Clark Publishing Company, Chicago 1926
This town stands on the ground patented in 1777 by Sheshbazzar Bentley, whose son, Sheshbazzar, laid out the
first plot in 1816. The town grew slowly until the opening of the coal in that section, since which time its development
has been very rapid. A number of additions have been made with the passing years, and it is now one of the largest
and most important towns in the Pigeon Creek valley. In 1787 Sheshbazzar Bentley operated a mill on the site of
the present town. In 1794, during the “Dreadful Night” of the Whisky Insurrection, two stills belonging to Bentley
were seized by Robert Johnston, excise collector. The borough of Bentleyville was incorporated May 20, 1868, mainly
through the efforts of Hon. John W. Stevens, one of the first members of the republican party and draft commissioner
for Washington County under the national draft act passed by Congress in 1863. The present burgess is I. N. South.
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