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John Hardin McHENRY

(1797-1871)

McHENRY, John Hardin, (father of Henry Davis McHenry), a Representative from Kentucky; born near Springfield, Washington County, Ky., October 13, 1797; was tutored privately; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in Leitchfield, Ky.; appointed postmaster of Leitchfield October 8, 1819; major of the Eighty-seventh Regiment, Kentucky Militia, in 1821; appointed Commonwealth attorney by Governor Adair in 1822; moved to Hartford, Ky., in 1823; appointed Commonwealth attorney by Governor Metcalfe in 1831 and again by Governor Moorehead in 1837; commissioned colonel in the State militia in 1837; member of the State house of representatives from Ohio County in 1840; unsuccessful Whig candidate for election in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress; appointed on the board of the Transylvania University in 1843; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847); was nominated for reelection in 1846, but withdrew his name on the eve of election; resumed the practice of law; member of the State constitutional convention in 1849 and served as chairman; moved to Owensboro, Ky., in 1854, judge of the circuit court of several counties in 1854; died in Owensboro, Ky., on November 1, 1871; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

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

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