Wentworth, Benning, 1696-1770, American colonial governor, b. Portsmouth, N.H. A leading merchant of Portsmouth, he served in the colonial assembly and council, and, when New Hampshire was established as a separate province, he was appointed (1741) governor; he served until 1767. With no legal justification he made vast grants of land W of the Connecticut River in the region claimed by New York, including among the beneficiaries his friends, his relatives, and himself. The New Hampshire Grants (later the state of Vermont) thus became a much-disputed area. Bennington, Vt., took its name from his first name.
Wentworth, Sir John, 1737-1820, colonial governor of New Hampshire, b. Portsmouth, N.H. On the forced resignation of his uncle, Benning Wentworth, he was commissioned (Aug., 1766) to succeed him both as governor of New Hampshire and as surveyor of the king's woods in North America. Assuming the governorship in June, 1767, Wentworth was at first popular. However, he was thoroughly loyal to the king and prorogued the assembly when it attempted to form (1774) a committee of correspondence. On the outbreak of the American Revolution, he was forced to flee. In 1783 he was reappointed surveyor of what remained of the king's woods in North America, and from 1792 to 1808 he was governor (although he only had the title of lieutenant governor) of Nova Scotia. He was knighted in 1795. While governor of New Hampshire, Wentworth granted (1769) Dartmouth College its charter and was a member of its original board of trustees.

See L. S. Mayo, John Wentworth, Governor of New Hampshire, 1767-1775 (1921); W. C. Abbott, Conflicts with Oblivion (1924, repr. 1969).

Wentworth, William Charles, 1793?-1872, Australian statesman. His exploration (1813) of the Blue Mts. in Australia revealed vast pasturelands in the western part of the continent. In 1816 he went to Great Britain to study law; while there he published (1819) a description of Australia. He returned (1824) to Australia, where he set up a lucrative law practice, championed the cause of the "emancipists" (liberated convicts), and founded (1824) a newspaper, the Australian, to promulgate his views on Australian self-government. Wentworth took a prominent part in the legislative council of New South Wales, formed in 1842, and was the leading figure in the fight for the constitution of 1855. In 1849 he put through the bill for the founding of the Univ. of Sydney. After 1857 he resided mainly in England. He wrote Australasia (1823), a poem about his native country.
Wentworth is a village in Newton County, Missouri, United States. The population was 141 at the 2000 census.


Wentworth is located at (36.993381, -94.075060).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 141 people, 58 households, and 41 families residing in the village. The population density was 718.5 people per square mile (272.2/km²). There were 65 housing units at an average density of 331.2/sq mi (125.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.16% White, 1.42% Native American, 0.71% Pacific Islander, and 0.71% from two or more races.

There were 58 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the village the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $19,063, and the median income for a family was $16,667. Males had a median income of $17,083 versus $19,063 for females. The per capita income for the village was $12,051. There were 40.9% of families and 32.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including 43.8% of under eighteens and 29.6% of those over 64.


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