Sunday, June 23, 2013



Henry Davis McHenry (February 27, 1826 - December 17, 1890) was a U. S. Representative from Kentucky, son of John Hardin McHenry; his mother was Hannah Davis.

Born in Hartford, Kentucky, McHenry attended the public schools at Hartford, and was graduated from the law department of Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, in 1845. He was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Hartford. He was married on 27 Jan 1856 to Miss Jennie Taylor of Hardinsburg, a lady of fine literary accomplishments and authoress of a volume of poems much admired. He was said to be a large owner of coal mine interests, president of the McHenry & Rockport coal companies and of the Bank of Hartford. He served as member of the Kentucky House of Representatives 1851-1853 and 1865-1867. He served in the Kentucky State Senate 1861-1865. He served as member of the Democratic National Committee from 1872 until his death.

McHenry was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1873). He resumed the practice of his profession in Hartford. He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1890. He died in Hartford, Kentucky, December 17, 1890. He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery. The town of McHenry, is named in his honor.


Godfrey Taylor McHenry 1864-1896  
John J. McHenry 1869-1928  
Isabella McHenry Rolph 1870-1905  
Lemuel Hardin McHenry 1873-1963 

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