Henry C. Deming

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Henry C. Deming, 1865 photograph by Mathew Brady & Co.

Henry Champion Deming (May 23, 1815 – October 8, 1872) was a U.S. Representative from Connecticut.

Early life[edit]

Born in Colchester, Connecticut, Deming pursued classical studies. He was graduated from Yale College in 1836 where he was an 1836 initiate into the Skull and Bones Society[1]:112, and from the Harvard Law School in 1839.


He was admitted to the bar in 1839 and began practice in New York City but devoted his time chiefly to literary work. He moved to Hartford, Connecticut, in 1847.


He served as member of the State House of Representatives in 1849, 1850, and 1859–1861. He served as member of the State Senate in 1851. He served as mayor of Hartford, Connecticut from 1854 to 1858 and 1860–1862.


He entered the Union Army in September 1861 as colonel of the Twelfth Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers. He served as mayor of New Orleans under martial law from October 1862 to February 1863, when he resigned from the Army.

Return to Politics[edit]

Deming was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1867).

He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses).

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1866 to the Fortieth Congress.

He was appointed collector of internal revenue in 1869.


He continued in this posting and served until his death in Hartford, Connecticut, October 8, 1872. He was interred in Spring Grove Cemetery.

His children by his first wife Sarah Clerc (daughter of Laurent Clerc, co-founder of the first permanent school for the deaf in North America):


  1. ^ The twelfth general catalogue of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. 1917. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ "H.C. DEMING DIES; RETIRED BANKER; Had Served as President of the Mercantile Trust Company Many Years Ago. UNIVERSITY CLUB FOUNDER Belonged to Several Other Prominent Clubs--Member of an Old Connecticut Family.". New York Times. January 20, 1931. 
  3. ^ "Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1924-1925". Yale University. 1925. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://mssa.library.yale.edu/obituary_record/1925_1952/1945-46.pdf
  5. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=NlwoAAAAYAAJ

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