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John Henry (senator)

John Henry
United States Senator
from Maryland
In office
March 4, 1789 – December 10, 1797
Preceded by (none)
Succeeded by James Lloyd
Personal details
Born November 1750
Vienna, Maryland
Died December 16, 1798(1798-12-16) (aged 48)
Dorchester County, Maryland
Political party Pro-Administration

John Henry (November 1750 – December 16, 1798) was the eighth Governor of Maryland and member of the United States Senate. He was born near Vienna in Dorchester County, Maryland.

He was a member of the Episcopal Church and the United States Democratic-Republican Party. Originally, he was a member of the Federalist Party.

He attended West Nottingham Academy in Cecil County, Maryland and graduated from the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) in 1769; he then studied law at the Middle Temple (one of the Inns of Court where English barristers are trained) in London. He returned to the United States in 1775 and practiced law in Dorchester County.

Henry served as a member of Maryland House of Delegates from 1777 to 1780 and a member of the Maryland State Senate from 1780 to 1790. During that time he was chosen as a delegate to the Continental Congress from Maryland from 1778 to 1780 and from 1785 to 1786; during his service, he was a member of the committee that prepared the ordinance for the government of the Northwest Territory. He was elected to be one of the first two Senators from Maryland, serving 1789 as a Federalist till his resignation on December 10, 1797, to take the Governorship. He received 2 electoral votes for President of the United States in the 1796 election. He served as Governor of Maryland from 1797 to 1798. He died in Dorchester County, Md. at Weston the same estate where he had been born, and is buried in Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery in Cambridge.

External links

  • Henry’s Congressional biography
  • John Henry - Delmarva Heritage Series
Preceded by
None
United States Senator (Class 3) from Maryland
1789–1797
Served alongside: Charles Carroll, Richard Potts, John E. Howard
Succeeded by
James Lloyd
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hoskins Stone
Governor of Maryland
1797–1798
Succeeded by
Benjamin Ogle

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