Charles L. Henry

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Charles L. Henry, 1896

Charles Lewis Henry (July 1, 1849 - May 2, 1927) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Born in Green Township, Hancock County, Indiana, Henry moved with his parents to Pendleton, Indiana. He attended the common schools and Asbury (now DePauw) University and graduated from the law department of Indiana University at Bloomington in 1872. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Pendleton, eventually moving to Anderson, Indiana in 1875. He served as member of the State senate in 1880, 1881, and 1883.

Henry was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1899), but declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1898. He was interested in the development and operation of electric interurban railways. Henry is credited with coining the phrase "interurban" (of Latin derivation meaning "between cities"). At the time of his death he was president and receiver of the Indianapolis & Cincinnati Traction Co., which he had managed for twenty-three years. He died in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 2, 1927 and was interred in Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Indiana.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William D. Bynum
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jesse Overstreet
Preceded by
George W. Faris
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
George W. Cromer