Henry, Anson G.
Born: 1804-10-03 Richfield, New York
Died: 1865-07-30 Pacific Ocean
Flourished: 1832-1850 Springfield, Illinois
Henry studied medicine with a New York physician and moved to Springfield, Illinois, in 1832. He practiced medicine in Sangamo Town in 1833 and formed a medical partnership with Dr. E. H. Merriman in Springfield in 1842. Henry was a leader of the Whigs in Springfield and a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. He actively supported the state's internal improvements program, and the legislature elected him one of three commissioners to superintend the construction of the new statehouse in Springfield in 1837. That same year, he unsuccessfully ran in a bitter political contest against James Adams for the office of Probate Judge. In 1840, Henry moved to Pekin, Illinois, where he remained active in Whig politics and became editor of the
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