CS Con -Henry, Gustavus Adolphus, Sr. - C.S. Senator, TN

Gustavus Adolphus Henry Sr.:
Born: October 8, 1804
Birthplace: Scott County Kentucky
Father: General William Henry
Mother: Elizabeth Julia Flournoy

Wife: Marion McClure 1812 – 1882
(Buried: Greenwood Cemetery Clarksville Tennessee)

Susan Laura Henry Martin 1834 – 1881
(Buried: Greenwood Cemetery Clarksville Tennessee)
Thomas Frazier Henry 1835 – 1886
(Buried: Greenwood Cemetery Clarksville Tennessee)
Major John Flournoy Henry 1837 – 1862
(Buried: Elmwood Cemetery Memphis Tennessee)
Gustavus Adolphus Henry Jr. 1838 – 1882
(Buried: Greenwood Cemetery Clarksville Tennessee)

Political Party: Whig Party


1825: Graduated from Transylvania University

Occupation before War:
Attorney in Georgetown Kentucky
1831 – 1833: Kentucky State Representative
Attorney in Clarksville Tennessee
Known as the "eagle orator of Tennessee"
1851: Tennessee State Representative
1853: Unsuccessful Candidate for Governor of Tennessee
1855: Unsuccessful Candidate for Governor of Tennessee
Four Times Presidential Elector for Whig Political Party
1860: Supporter of John Bell at the Baltimore Convention

Civil War Career:
1861: Elected Confederate States Senator on thirty – second ballot
1862 – 1865: Confederate States Senator from Tennessee
1862: Member of Senate Pay and Mileage Committee
1862: Member of Joint Congressional Inauguration Committee
1862: Member of Senate Finance Committee
1862 – 1865: Member of Senate Military Affairs Committee
1864 – 1865: Member of Senate Public Lands Committee
He was a support of ultra-nationalism
Proposed to let commissioners arbitrarily fix impressment prices
Proposed to appropriate a half – million dollars for government ironworks
Proposed to let the President detail soldiers and impress slaves
Proposed to draft all men between sixteen and sixty for service
Proposed to repudiate two – thirds of the currency.
He was known to have written President Davis and commanding Generals urging the repossession of Tennessee and Kentucky.
1864: He urged that the war be carried to the enemy and deplored all talk of peace.
1865: Voted to put Robert E. Lee in command of all armies

Occupation after War:
1865 – 1880: Lived a quite life in the city of Clarksville Tennessee

September 10, 1880
Place of Death: Clarksville Tennessee
Age at time of Death: 75 years old
Burial Place: Greenwood Cemetery Clarksville Tennessee


Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
The article about Senator Henry states that one of his ancestors was that "immortal orator and patriot from Virginia". That would almost have to be Patrick Henry.Not his brother Patrick but the Patrick Henry.