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Robert Lee Henry

Lawyer and politician, he was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas (1897-1917) and Chairman of the House Committee on Rules (1912–1917). Died in Houston, July 9, 1931, from a self-inflicted gunshot to his head in an apparent suicide.

Education

  • While a child, he attended public schools.

Career

  • Served as mayor of Texarkana (1890-189). Then was appointed First Assistant to the Attorney General of Texas (1891-1893) and Assistant Attorney General (1893–1896). He settled in Waco, Texas in 1895 and practiced law. He was elected as a Democrat to Congress from 1897-1917. From 1905-1907, Rep. Henry was Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. He was also Chairman of the House Committee on Rules (1912–1917). He ran unsuccessfully for nomination as the Democratic party's candidate to the United States Senate in 1916, 1922, and 1928. In 1923 he moved to Houston, Texas, where practiced law and participated in state politics.

Politics

From 1905-1907, was Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. A strong supporter of Woodrow Wilson in 1912, Henry was considered a progressive Democrat.

Party affiliation: Democratic Party

Membership

  • Democratic Party (United States) , United States

Connections

  • father: Francis Marion - American
  • mother: Mary E. (Taylor) Henry - American
  • Great-great-great grandfather: Patrick Henry - American - politician
    Governor of Virginia
  • Wife: Lourine Tyler
Robert Lee Henry
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Born May 12, 1864
Died July 9, 1931
(aged 67)
Nationality
  • 1885
    Georgetown Southwestern University
  • 1887
    University of Texas
  • 1890 - 1891
    Mayor, Municipal Government
    Texarkana, Texas, United States
  • 1891 - 1893
    First Assistant to the Attorney General of Texas, Texas State Government
    Texas, United States
  • 1893 - 1896
    Assistant Attorney General , Texas State Government
    Texas, United States
  • 1897 - 1917
    Congressman, United States Congress
    Washington D.C., United States
  • 1912 - 1917
    Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, United States Congress
    Washington D.C., United States

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