Henry F. Naphen
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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th district
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1903
|Preceded by||Samuel J. Barrows|
|Succeeded by||William S. McNary|
|Massachusetts State Senate
Fifth Suffolk District
|City of Boston School Committee|
1882 – January 1886
|Born||August 14, 1852
|Died||June 8, 1905 (aged 52)
|Resting place||Calvary Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret A. Drummey|
|Alma mater||Harvard, Boston University|
Born in Ireland, to John and Jane (Henry) Naphen, Naphen immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was educated by private tutors and also attended the public schools. He was graduated from Harvard University in 1878. He attended the Boston University Law School. He was admitted to the bar at Suffolk County in November 1879 and commenced practice in Boston.
Boston School Committee
He served as member of the school committee of Boston 1882-January 1886.
While on the School Committee Naphen served on the standing committees on the Horace Mann School, Sewing, and The Normal School.
Naphen served as member of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1885 and 1886, for the Fifth Suffolk District. Naphen was appointed bail commissioner by the justices of the superior court.
Naphen wanted to run again in 1902 however William S. McNary, chairman of the Democratic State committee wanted the nomination and McNary forced Naphen to retire from the race. As McNary controlled the apparatus of the districts Democratic party Naphen decided to quietly drop out of the race rather than after a fight.
He died in Boston, Massachusetts, June 8, 1905. He was interred in Calvary Cemetery.
- A Memorial Volume of American History: McKinley and Men of Our Times, Together with the Great Questions with which They Have Been Identified and which are Still Pressing for Solution, Historical Society of America, 1901, p. 492.
- Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of Boston 1883, Boston, MA: Geo. C. Rand & Avery, 1884, p. 245.
- Davis, William Thomas (1895), Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA: The Boston History Company, p. 191.
- Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of Boston 1883, Boston, MA: Geo. C. Rand & Avery, 1884, p. 246.
- Gifford, Stephen Nye (1899), A Manual for the Use of the General Court, Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Printing Company, p. 346.
- NAPHEN INDUCED TO RETIRE. Democratic Chairman McNary Wants the Nomination for Himself., Washington, D.C.: The Washington Post, August 22, 1902, p. 1.
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