Severens, Henry Franklin was born on May 11, 1835 in at Rockingham, Vermont, United States. Son of Franklin and Elizabeth (Pulsifer) Severens.
Bachelor of Arts, Middlebury (Vermont) College, 1857. (Doctor of Laws, University of Michigan, 1897, Middlebury, 1901).
2d, Sarah Clarissa (Whittlesey) Ryan, of Medina, New York, December, 1863. Admitted to bar, 1859. In practice at Three Rivers, Michigan, 1860-1865, Kalamazoo, 1865-1886, State’s attorney St. Joseph Company, 1862-1865.
United States district judge Western District of Michigan, 1886-1900. United States circuit judge and judge of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, 6th Judicial Circuit, 1900-1911. Retired October 3, 1911.
Married Rhoda Ranney, of Westminster, Vermont, August 6, 1858.