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David Bremner Henderson


Ripe experience and sound judgment are no less essential than intellectual strength and force of character in the man who would be a leader of men. It is a combination of all these qualities that gives David B. Henderson, of Iowa, his power and influence in the National House of Representatives. Mr. Henderson was born at Old Deer, Scotland, March 14, 1840. He was brought to the United States when six years of age, settling first in Illinois, but removing in 1849 to Iowa, where he was educated in the public schools and at the Upper Iowa University. He was reared on a farm until he was twenty-one years of age, when the Civil war breaking out, he enlisted as a private in the Twelfth Iowa regiment, in September, 1861. He was soon after commissioned first lieutenant, and served with his regiment until the loss of a leg caused him to be discharged, February 16, 1863. In May of that year he was appointed commissioner of the Board of Enrollment of the Third district of Iowa, serving as such until June, 1864, when he re-entered the army as colonel of the Forty-sixth Iowa regiment, and served until the close of hostilities. He was collector of internal revenue for the Third district of Iowa from November, 1865, until June, 1869. In the mean time he had been admitted to the bar, and in 1869 he became a member of the law firm of Shiras, Van Duzee & Henderson. He was Assistant United States District Attorney for about two years, resigning in 1871, and is now a member of the law firm of Henderson, Daniels & Kiesel, of Dubuque. He was elected to the Forty-eighth Congress as a Republican, and has since served continuously in that body, where he is distinctly one of its leading forces.


~source: Famous American Men and Women, A Complete Portrait Gallery of Celebrated People Whose Names are Prominent in the Annals of the Times, edited by Stanley Waterloo & John W. Kanson, Jr., 1895; bio. pg 266, photo pg 267

~ Transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall for Dubuque County IAGenWeb, May 2010


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