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, Jane Irwin Robeson, son, Snowden Henry, married, Mary Elizabeth McCorkle, Howard Houston Henry, Caroline M. Henry Roberts; 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 with attorney and United States Senator from Pennsylvania 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, great great grandson, Oliver Wolcott, signer, Declaration of Independence, from Connecticut.


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.