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Henry, Robert Lee (1864–1931)

Herman L. Crow Biography Entry

Robert Lee Henry, lawyer and politician, was born in Linden, Texas, on May 12, 1864, the son of Francis Marion and Mary E. (Taylor) Henry and the great-great-great grandson of Patrick Henry. His family moved to Bowie County in 1878. Henry graduated from Georgetown University with valedictory honors in 1885, was admitted to the bar in 1886, and received a law degree from the University of Texas in 1887. He settled in Bowie County and was elected mayor of Texarkana in 1890 but resigned in 1891 to become first office assistant to the attorney general. Henry was assistant attorney general from 1893 to 1896, when he moved to McLennan County. He represented the old Seventh Congressional District in the Fifty-fifth and nine succeeding congresses. He was chairman of the Rules Committee during the Woodrow Wilson administration. In 1923 Henry moved to Houston, where he practiced law and participated in state politics. He ran unsuccessfully for nomination as the Democratic party's candidate to the United States Senate in 1916, 1922, and 1928. He married Lourine Tyler, and they had two sons and one daughter. Henry died at his home in Houston on July 9, 1931, and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Texarkana, Texas.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress. Houston Post-Dispatch, July 10, 1931. Twentieth Century Biographical Directory of Notable Americans (10 vols., Boston: Biographical Society, 1904).


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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Herman L. Crow, “Henry, Robert Lee,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed April 19, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995