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Thomas Jefferson HENLEY

(1808-1875)

HENLEY, Thomas Jefferson, (father of Barclay Henley), a Representative from Indiana; born in Richmond, Ind., June 18, 1808; attended Indiana University at Bloomington; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1828; engaged in banking; member of the State house of representatives 1832-1842 and served as speaker in 1840; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth, Twenty-ninth, and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1849); chairman, Committee on Patents (Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses); moved to California in 1849 and engaged in banking in Sacramento; member of the first State house of representatives 1851-1853; superintendent of Indian affairs of California 1855-1858; postmaster of San Francisco 1860-1864; died in Mendocino County, Calif., May 1, 1875; interment in Santa Rosa Cemetery, Santa Rosa, Calif.

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

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