Henderson, David B.

Future House Speaker (last Civil War veteran to serve in the House), receives Chickamauga & Chattanooga battlefields atlas

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(1840–1906) Dubuque, Iowa US Rep (R), Speaker of the House 1899-1903. First Congressman from west of the Mississippi River, last Civil War veteran to serve in the House. Born in Scotland, emigrated to the US 1846. Served in the US Army in the Civil War, shot in the neck in the final charge over the breastworks at Battle of Fort Donelson. After returning to his regiment in April 1862, he lost one foot and part of one leg (which led to progressive amputations of that leg) at the 2nd Battle of Corinth in Oct. 1862. Discharged 1863 due to his wounds, returned to Iowa, re-entered the Army as colonel of the 46th Iowa Vol. Infantry, one of the "Hundred Days Men" regiments, commanding it until mustered out Sept. 1864. Admitted to the bar 1865, practiced in Dubuque. US Rep 1883-1903, prior to election as Speaker, served as chairman of the Committee on Militia (51st Congress), and chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary (54th & 55th Congresses). He was ranking Republican on the Committee on Appropriations during the period of Democratic control. As Speaker in the 56th & 57th Congresses, by longstanding tradition he was also chairman of the Committee on Rules. After leaving Congress, Henderson practiced law in NYC until health problems caused him to retire. Printed 3 ¾ x 8 DS, receipt of a copy of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park Commissions’s “Atlas of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga battlefields”, adds Dubuque, Iowa; undated but 1897.

Condition: Very good, 2 vertical folds
Type:Document






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