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  Lane, Henry S.
NameHenry S. Lane
Crawfordsville, Indiana , United States
Born February 24, 1811
Died June 18, 1881 (70 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedRBH
Jan 16, 2015 02:22am
InfoLANE, Henry Smith, a Republican politician from Indiana who served as U.S. Representative, US Senator, and Governor. Considered to be one of the most eloquent Republican stump speakers of his time, only excelled by Oliver P. Morton [Chicago Daily Inter Ocean, 6/23/1881]

Born near Sharpsburg, Bath County, Ky., 2/24/1811; received a classical education from private tutors; studied law; admitted to the bar in Mount Sterling, Ky., in 1832 and commenced practice at Crawfordsville, Ind., in 1834

Indiana State Senate (W) 1837

Indiana State House (W) 1838-1839

U.S. Representative (W-IN) 1840-1843

Served in the Mexican War at the head of a company he had raised; rose to lieutenant colonel of the First Indiana Regiment

Engaged in the banking business at Crawfordsville, Ind., in 1854

Joined the Republican Party in 1854

Chairman of the first Republican National Convention, held in Philadelphia in 1856

Elected to the US Senate as a Republican from Indiana in 1858, but the seat was granted to Jesse Bright who challenged his election.

Delegate to the Republican National Convention of 1860 and supported Abraham Lincoln for the presidency

Governor (R-IN) 1861; served only two days before resigning to become a U.S. Senator

US Senate (R-IN) 1861-1867; chairman, Committee on Engrossed Bills (Thirty-seventh through Thirty-ninth Congresses), Committee on Pensions (Thirty-ninth Congress)

Special Indian commissioner 1869-1871

Commissioner for improvement of the Mississippi River in 1872

Died in Crawfordsville, Ind., 6/18/1881; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.



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