Henry Black was a Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.
Black, Henry was born on February 25, 1783 in near borough of Somerset, Pennsylvania, United States.
He engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was elected as a Democrat in 1816. He was a justice of the peace and appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania as an associate judge of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, from 1820 to 1840.
Black was on the People's Ticket (electoral ticket) for the Election of 1828, in the 13th district (John Quincy Adams for President and Richard Rush for Vice President). He was also on the Whig Electoral Ticket for the 24th district in the Election of 1840. Black was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles Ogle.
The election was held on Tuesday, June 8, 1841. The vote for Black was approximately 2,703 with the opposition (party not named) getting 1,320 votes (Black receiving a majority of 1,383 more votes). The Daily Atlas lists the opposition candidate's name as "Pilson".
(However, the same newspaper listed a "Mr Philson of Somerset" as the opponent in the special election to replace Black after his death)\r\nBlack served in the House of Representatives until his death at his residence in Somerset in 1841. The cause of death was apoplexy. Interment in the family cemetery in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
Cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Lawrence stated that Black was well liked by anyone who came into contact with him. Lawrence indicated that Black was his childhood friend. Lawrence also stated that Black had been in good health the day before his death.
Lawrence then submitted a resolution that crepe should be worn in honor of Black's death. The resolution was adopted. According to the Philadelphia U.S. Gazette (reprinted in the Easton Gazette), he was virtuous and well liked.