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John HENRY

(1750-1798)
Senate Years of Service:
1789-1795; 1795-1797
Party:
Pro-Administration; Federalist

HENRY, John, a Delegate and a Senator from Maryland; born at ‘Weston,’ on the Nanticoke River, near Vienna, Dorchester County, Md., in November 1750; attended West Nottingham Academy, Cecil County, Md., and graduated from the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) in 1769; studied law at the Middle Temple in London; returned to the United States in 1775 and practiced law in Dorchester County, Md.; member, Maryland General Assembly; was a Member of the Continental Congress 1778-1780, 1785-1786; was a member of the committee to prepare the ordinance for the government of the Northwest Territory; elected as one of Maryland’s first two Members to the United States Senate in 1788; reelected in 1795 and served from March 4, 1789, until December 10, 1797, when he resigned, having been elected Governor; Governor of Maryland 1797-1798; died at his country estate, ‘Weston,’ Dorchester County, Md., December 16, 1798; interment in Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Md.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; Henry, John. Letters and Papers of Governor John Henry. Compiled by James Winfield Henry. Baltimore: G.W. King Printing Company, 1904.

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

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