Henry A. Houston

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Henry A. Houston
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1905
Preceded by L. Heisler Ball
Succeeded by Hiram R. Burton
Personal details
Born (1847-07-10)July 10, 1847
Dagsboro Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware
Died April 5, 1925(1925-04-05) (aged 77)
Milford, Delaware
Political party Democratic
Residence Millsboro, Delaware
Alma mater Newark Academy
Occupation businessman

Henry Aydelotte Houston (July 10, 1847 – April 5, 1925) was an American teacher, businessman and politician, from Millsboro, in Sussex County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, who served as U. S. Representative from Delaware. "Houston" is pronounced "house-ton," unlike the city in Texas with the same spelling.

Early life and family[edit]

Houston was born in Dagsboro Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware. He attended the Newark Academy, now the University of Delaware. He lived in Missouri from 1872 until 1875, when he returned to Millsboro.

Professional and political career[edit]

After teaching school for five years, Houston engaged in mercantile pursuits, lumber manufacturing, and banking. At one time, he was a member of the Sussex County School Commission.

Houston was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1902. During this term he served in the Democratic minority in the 58th Congress. He did not seek reelection in 1904, and served one term, from March 4, 1903 until March 3, 1905, during the administration of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

Death and legacy[edit]

Houston died at Milford, Delaware and is buried in the Brotherhood Cemetery at Millsboro.


Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. U.S. Representatives took office March 4 and have a two-year term.

Public Offices
Office Type Location Began office Ended office notes
U.S. Representative Legislature Washington March 4, 1903 March 3, 1905
United States Congressional service
Dates Congress Chamber Majority President Committees Class/District
1903–1905 58th U.S. House Republican Theodore Roosevelt at-large
Election results
Year Office Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1902 U.S. Representative Henry A. Houston Democratic 16,396 43% William A. Byrne
L. Heisler Ball


  • Carter, Richard B. (2001). Clearing New Ground, The Life of John G. Townsend, Jr. Wilmington, Delaware: The Delaware Heritage Press. ISBN 0-924117-20-6. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
L. Heisler Ball
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Delaware's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Hiram R. Burton