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Robert Lee Henry Edit Profile

Congressman

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.

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