Richard I. Bentley
6th and 9th Mayor St. George

Bentley was appointed to complete McDonald’s term and then elected to two terms.  He provided jobs for the men that built the Temple and Tabernacle, by keeping the sawmills and teamsters busy fulfilling the demands of the Silver Reef and Grand Gulch Mines.  During his 1888-1890 term he saw the completion of water projects begun ten years earlier.  The Diagonal Street ditch was rocked and efforts made to improve sanitary drinking water.  He built wooden water troughs and had them placed in the ditches so the animals could drink without polluting the water