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from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, Pp. 332-33


Civil War Flags.jpg Robert C. HENRY, senior member of the law firm of HENRY & SPENCE, was born near Cadiz, in Harrison County, Ohio, December 14, 1841, a son of Robert and Susan (CHANEY) HENRY, who were natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively. They were the parents of thirteen children - seven sons and six daughters. Robert C. HENRY was taken by his parents to the Territory of Iowa in 1844, they locating in Lee County. He grew to manhood on the home farm, and received his education in the schools of his district and Demark Academy. He remained at home till twenty-four years of age, except while in the army, when he was married August 10, 1866, to Miss Jane F., eldest daughter of John HART, of Lee County, and to them have been born six children.

Mr. HENRY entered the law department of the university at Iowa City, where he took a full course, graduating in the class of 1869. He began the practice of law at Keosauqua, Iowa, where he remained till 1870, coming thence to Mt. Ayr, where he resumed his practice, forming a partnership with George W. BALL, which lasted but ninety days, when Mr. BALL went to Iowa City. Mr. HENRY was then associated with W. T. LAUGHLIN for a time, after which he carried on the office alone until the fall of 1878. He was then elected judge of the Third District, comprising the counties of Clarke, Decatur, Ringgold, Union, Adams, Taylor, Page, and Montgomery, and in that capacity occupied the bench four years. He then resumed the practice of his profession at Mt. Ayr, when he formed a partnership with R. H. SPENCE, thus forming the present law firm of HENRY & SPENCE, which carries on a general law business and practices in all the courts. Mr. HENRY is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

NOTE: Robert Chaney HENRY enlisted from Denmark, Iowa, as a Private into Company F of 45th Iowa Infantry during the Civil War. He was mustered out of service at Keokuk, Iowa, on September 16, 1864.

Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, Pp. 332-33, 1887.

American Civil War Soldiers Database,

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009

Biographical Sketches Pages Index: A - F,   G - L,   M - R,  S - Z

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