Member Biography

James Bayard Henry 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1899-1900       4 Republican
1901-1902       4 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


01/15/1857 - 09/17/1926

James Bayard Henry (R4) Philadelphia (Part) County 1899-1902

Early Life:

James Bayard Henry, born January 18, 1857, Germantown, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of Thomas Charlton Henry and May Elizabeth Jackson; Philadelphia school education; Princeton College, 1876; read law; law partnership practice; elected, Old Philadelphia Select Council 1908-1911; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1899-1902; married, Mary Elizabeth “Minnie” McCorkle, children, Alfred Henry, William Henry, Howard Houston Henry, Caroline M Henry, married, Jane Irwin Robeson Henry, 1888, son, Snowden Henry; died, September 17, 1926; Leland Stanford Hospital, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California; interment, Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery, Whitemarsh, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Read law with George Junkin Esquire; pursued a partnership with Lawrence Lewis, later teaming up with attorney, Pennsylvania United States Senator, George Wharton Pepper. 

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Director, Pennsylvania Railroad; Insurance Company of North America; Trademen’s National Bank; Real Estate Trust Company; Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company; Union Railroad and Canal Company of New Jersey; Alliance Insurance Company; Philadelphia and Trenton Railroad; Manor Real Estate and Trust Company; United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company of Baltimore; Indemnity Insurance Company of North America; Philadelphia Fire and Marine Insurance Company; National Insurance Company of Omaha, Nebraska; Long Island Railroad; Lehigh and New England Railroad.

Member, vice president, Union League of Philadelphia; Legal Club of Philadelphia; Germantown Cricket Club; Metropolitan Club, Washington, D.C.; Ivy Club, Nassau Club, Princeton College; Scotch-Irish Society of Pennsylvania; Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick; Law Association of Philadelphia; Law Academy of Philadelphia; Pennsylvania Bar Association; American Bar Association. Life Trustee, Princeton, 1896. President, director, trustee, Germantown Yong Men’s Christian Association, thirty years. Trustee, First Presbyterian Church of Germantown; Sunday School teacher, First Presbyterian Church of Germantown, 1876-1926.

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 4th district, Philadelphia (Part) County, 1899-1902; committee assignments, Canals and Inland Navigation, Centennial Affairs, Federal Relations, Game and Fisheries, Library. 

Elected, Old Philadelphia Select Council, 1908-1911.


Son, Snowden Henry, Belgian Consul.

Son, Captain Howard Houston Henry, noted Princeton football player, died, service to country, 1919. 

Uncle, Alexander Henry, Mayor Philadelphia, Civil War, 1858-1865.   

On material side, the great, great grandson, Oliver Wolcott, signer, Declaration of Independence, Connecticut. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members H"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1901) Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1081, 1187-1190, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1155. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Saturday, September 18, 1926, page3.

James Bayard Henry (1857-1926) - Find a Grave Memorial