Thomas Henry (Pennsylvania)

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Thomas Henry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 24th district
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by John James Pearson
Succeeded by Joseph Buffington
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born 1779
County Down, Northern Ireland
Died July 20, 1849 (aged 69/70)
Beaver, Pennsylvania
Political party Anti-Masonic

Thomas Henry (1779 – July 20, 1849) was an Anti-Masonic and Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


Henry was born in County Down, Northern Ireland. Immigrated to America and settled in Beaver, Pennsylvania, in 1798. He was appointed justice of the peace by Governor Simon Snyder on December 24, 1808. He was elected county commissioner in 1810. He served as captain of a company that went from Beaver to help defend the northern frontier from a threatened British invasion in 1814. He was elected a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1815. He served as prothonotary and clerk of courts from 1816 to 1821, and was elected sheriff of the county in 1821. He was proprietor and editor of the Western Argus from 1821 to 1831. He served as county treasurer in 1828 and 1829.

Henry was elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses and reelected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress. He died in Beaver in 1849. Interment in Old Beaver Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John James Pearson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 24th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joseph Buffington

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