John Henry (representative)

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John Henry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 7th congressional district
In office
February 5, 1847 – March 3, 1847
Preceded by Edward D. Baker
Succeeded by James C. Allen
Personal details
Born (1800-11-01)November 1, 1800
Stamford, Connecticut, US
Died April 28, 1882(1882-04-28) (aged 81)
St. Louis, Missouri, US
Resting place Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri, US
Nationality American
Political party Whig Party
Occupation Congressman, Superintendent of Illinois state asylum
Profession Politician
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch US Army
Years of service 1832
August 25, 1862 - April 30, 1863
Rank Private
Unit Illinois Volunteer Regiment
Quartermaster’s Department, Jackson, Tennennessee
Battles/wars Battle of Cerro Gordo

John Henry (November 1, 1800 – April 28, 1882) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Born near Stanford, Kentucky, Henry attended the public schools. He served as a private in Captain Arnett's company of Illinois volunteers in the Black Hawk War. He served as member of the State House of Representatives 1832-1840. He was prominently associated with the first railway being constructed in Illinois in 1838. He served as member of the State senate from 1840-1847. Following this, he served as the superintendent for the Illinois state insane asylum located in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Henry was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edward D. Baker and served from February 5, 1847, to March 3, 1847. He was succeeded as Congressman by Abraham Lincoln. He was not a candidate for the Thirtieth Congress. Superintendent of the State insane asylum at Jacksonville, Illinois from 1850 to 1855. During the Civil War was connected with the Quartermaster's Department at Jackson, Tennessee, from August 25, 1862, to April 30, 1863. He died on April 28, 1882 in St. Louis, Missouri, and was interred at Bellefontaine Cemetery.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 7th congressional district

February 5, 1847 – March 3, 1847
Succeeded by
Abraham Lincoln