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Henry Winslow CORBETT

(1827-1903)
Senate Years of Service:
1867-1873
Party:
Republican

CORBETT, Henry Winslow, a Senator from Oregon; born in Westboro, Mass., February 18, 1827; moved with his parents to White Creek, Washington County, N.Y., in 1831; attended the common schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Cambridge, N.Y., in 1840 and attended Cambridge Academy; moved to New York City in 1843 and was employed in the mercantile business until 1851; went with a stock of goods around Cape Horn to Portland, Oreg., in 1851, and engaged in a general merchandising business, later changing to wholesale hardware; became largely interested in banking, railroads, building, and investments; city treasurer of Portland, member of the city council, and chairman of the Republican State central committee; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1867, to March 3, 1873; was not a candidate for reelection in 1873; resumed business interests; appointed to the United States Senate March 6, 1897, to fill the vacancy in the term beginning March 4, 1897, the legislature having failed to elect, but was not permitted to qualify; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1901; died in Portland, Oreg., March 31, 1903; interment in Riverview Cemetery.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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