Henry, William (Congressman)

Born: 1788-03-22 Charlestown, New Hampshire

Died: 1861-04-17 Bellows Falls, Vermont

Flourished: Bellows Falls, Vermont

Henry William was a manufacturer, banker, state legislator, and U.S. representative. He attended common schools in Charlestown, New Hampshire. After his schooling, Henry engaged in business in Chester, Vermont, and later manufacturing in Vermont, New York, and Jaffery, New Hampshire. In 1831, he moved to Bellow Falls, Vermont, where he took up banking. He won election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1834 and 1835. He served in the Vermont Senate in 1836. Henry served as director of the Rutland & Burlington Railroad Company. He served as a delegate to the first Whig National Convention in 1839. Henry won election, as a Whig, to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1847 to 1851. Not a candidate for reelection, he resumed banking. Henry served as a presidential elector for theRepublican Party in the presidential election of 1860.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 1203; Gravestone, Brookside Cemetery, Chester, VT.