Henry J. B. Cummings

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Henry Johnson Brodhead Cummings
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879
Preceded byJohn A. Kasson
Succeeded byEdward H. Gillette
Personal details
Born(1831-05-21)May 21, 1831
Newton, New Jersey, USA
DiedApril 16, 1909(1909-04-16) (aged 77)
Winterset, Iowa, USA
Political partyRepublican
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, Editor

Henry Johnson Brodhead Cummings (May 21, 1831 – April 16, 1909) was a lawyer, Civil War officer, editor and publisher, and one-term Republican Congressman from Iowa's 7th Congressional District.

Born in Newton, New Jersey, Cummings attended public schools in Muncy, Pennsylvania, as a child. He was editor of a newspaper in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, in 1850, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1855. He moved to Winterset, Iowa, in 1856; he served as prosecuting attorney for Madison County from 1856 to 1858.

In July 1861, Cummings enlisted in the Union Army, and was made captain of Company F of the 4th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He accepted the commission of colonel of the 39th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment on September 12, 1862, and he was honorably discharged on December 22, 1864. Afterward, he became editor and proprietor of the Winterset Madisonian.

In 1876 he was elected as a Republican to succeed John A. Kasson as the representative of Iowa's 7th Congressional District in the U. S. House of Representatives. He served in the 45th United States Congress, from 1877 to 1879. Running for re-election in 1879, he was defeated in the general election by Greenback Party candidate Edward Hooker Gillette.

Cummings died in Winterset on April 16, 1909, and was interred in Winterset Cemetery.

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Henry J. B. Cummings (id: C000986)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-02-14
  • "Henry J. B. Cummings". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John A. Kasson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
Edward H. Gillette