Henry R. Start was a Vermont lawyer, judge, and politician who served as Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives and a Judge of the Vermont Supreme Court.
Start was born in Bakersfield, Franklin County, Vermont on December 28 1845, the son of Simeon Gould and Mary Sophia (Barnes) Start.
He attended Bakersfield and Barre Academies.
He joined the Union Army for the Civil War and served in Company A, 3rd Vermont Volunteers. Discharged in July 1865, he returned to Franklin County and read law under M. R. Tyler. He was admitted to the bar in St. Albans in 1867.
A Republican, he served as State's Attorney for Franklin County from 1876 to 1878. Start served in the Vermont State Senate in 1880 and served on the Judiciary committee and as chairman of the joint standing committee on the reform school. He was a Trustee of the Vermont Reform School from December 1880 to December 1888.
Start served as a presidential elector in the election of 1888, and cast his ballot for Benjamin Harrison. In 1890 Start served in the Vermont House of Representatives. He was elected Speaker, but resigned after being elected Judge of the Vermont Supreme Court.
Start served on the court until his death. He died at his home in Bakersfield on November 7, 1905 and was buried in Bakersfield's Maple Grove Cemetery. He was succeeded on the Vermont Supreme Court by Willard Wedbery Miles.
He was a Congregationalist. She was born on June 26, 1851 and died on July 12, 1890. Their children included Simeon Gould (b 1870), Guy H. (b 1873), Mabel (b 1878), and Burdette (b 1885).