Male, born 1863-04-25, died 1939

Associated with the firm network

Bent Brothers, Incorporated, General Contractors

Professional History


Reporter, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA; Reporter, Los Angeles Herald, Los Angeles, CA; City Editor, Los Angeles Express, Los Angeles, CA, 1881.

Employed by the Banning Company, San Pedro, CA, 1881-1886; General Manager, Pacific Clay Manufacturing Company, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1886-1888;

President, Bent Brothers, Incorporated, General Contractors 1888- ; in 1913, Bent Brothers maintained offices in Denver, CO, Seattle, WA, and its headquarters at 519 Central Building, Los Angeles, CA.

Professional Activities

President, Associated General Contractors of America, Los Angeles Chapter, Los Angeles, CA, 1920; Director, American Concrete Institute; Director, Chamber of Commerce of the US; 1st Vice-President, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles, CA;


Bent attended grammar and high schools in Los Angeles.



Arthur S. Bent's family moved to Los Angeles in 1869 from Northern California.


His father was Henry K.W. Bent; his mother, Jennie Crawford Bent. The book, Who's Who on the Pacific Coast, indicated that Bent was a "descendant of minute men and officers of the Rev. War." (See "Bent, Arthur S.," in Franklin Harper, Who's Who on the Pacific Coast, [Los Angeles: Harper Publishing Company, 1913], p. 46.)


Bent married Eliza J. McKee on 08/10/1888 in Los Angeles, CA.


Arthur and Eliza had two children: Ellen Bent Balinger and Crawford H. Bent (09/01/1893-04/07/1970). Born in Los Angeles, Crawford Bent died in San Diego County, CA at age 76; his last residence was in the 92025 zip code of Escondido, CA.

Biographical Notes

Bent was a passenger on a Southern Pacific railway train that had a serious collision with a freight train 04/10/1913 at San Fernando, CA; an index card in the California Index of the Los Angeles Public LIbrary noted: "Arthur S. Bent, general engineering contractor, was in the Southern Pacific wreck at San Fernando Thursday morning, when two big mongul [sic] engines, a passenger train and a freight train were demolished..." (It should read "mogul engines," a class of steam locomotive. See Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer, 04/10/1913, p. 11 (or 111), col 2.) Member, Surf and Sand Club, Los Angeles, CA; Member, University Club, Los Angeles, CA; City Club, Los Angeles, CA; Westward Ho Club, Los Angeles, CA; Member, Jonathan Club, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1913. Member, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Board of Education; Trustee, Pomona College, Claremont, CA; Director, Merchants National Bank, Los Angeles, CA.

Associated Locations

  • Downieville, CA (Architect's Birth)
    Downieville, CA

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