Henry B. Payne

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Henry B. Payne
Henry B. Payne - Brady-Handy.jpg
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 4, 1891
Preceded by George H. Pendleton
Succeeded by Calvin S. Brice
Personal details
Born (1810-11-30)November 30, 1810
Hamilton (town), New York
Died September 9, 1896(1896-09-09) (aged 85)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Perry
Children five
Alma mater Hamilton College

Henry B. Payne (November 30, 1810 – September 9, 1896) was a Democratic politician from Ohio. He served in both houses of the United States Congress.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Hamilton, Madison County, New York, Payne attended Hamilton College. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio by 1834. He studied law under Sherlock J. Andrews.[1] He commenced the practice of law. He formed a partnership with Hiram V. Willson.[1] Presidential elector in 1848 for Cass/Butler.[2] A member of the Ohio Senate from 1849 to 1851, Payne ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 1851 and for Governor of Ohio in 1857. He served a single term in the House from 1875 to 1877, representing the 20th District, based in Cleveland. Payne served on the 1876 Electoral Commission on the disputed presidential election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden. Payne ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1880 and 1884, but won election in 1884 to the Senate. He served a single term and did not seek a second term.[citation needed] During his time in office, Payne remained active in Cleveland's business community: in 1888, he arranged for the construction of the Perry-Payne Building in the present-day Warehouse District.[3]

In 1836 Payne married Mary Perry. They had five children.[1] His oldest son was Nathan P. Payne.[1] Another son was Oliver Payne and his son in law was William Collins Whitney.

Payne was the maternal grandfather of Frances P. Bolton and great-grandfather of Oliver Payne Bolton, both of whom later served in the United States House of Representatives.

Payne was also the great-grandfather of Michael Whitney Straight, one of the USSR's best spies.


  1. ^ a b c d Reed 1897 : 96-100
  2. ^ Taylor 1899 : 255
  3. ^ Perry-Payne Building, Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Case Western Reserve University, 1998-04-23. Accessed 2013-09-22.

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.