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Henry B. Payne

Henry B. Payne
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 4, 1891
Preceded by George H. Pendleton
Succeeded by Calvin S. Brice
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877
Preceded by Richard C. Parsons
Succeeded by Amos Townsend
Personal details
Born (1810-11-30)November 30, 1810
Hamilton, New York
Died September 9, 1896(1896-09-09) (aged 85)
Cleveland, Ohio
Resting place Lake View Cemetery
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Perry Payne
Relations William Collins Whitney
Frances P. Bolton
Oliver Payne Bolton
Michael Whitney Straight
Children Nathan P. Payne
Oliver Payne
Parents Elisha Payne
Esther (Douglass) Payne
Alma mater Hamilton College

Henry B. Payne (November 30, 1810 – September 9, 1896) was an American politician in the U.S. state of Ohio. He served as a Democratic U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative from Ohio.


  • Early life 1
  • Political career 2
  • Family life 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Payne was born in Hamilton, Madison County, New York, the son of Elisha and Esther (Douglass) Payne. He attended the common schools and graduated from Hamilton College in 1832[1] and moved to Cleveland, Ohio by 1834. He studied law under Sherlock J. Andrews[2] and commenced the practice of law, forming a partnership with future United States federal judge Hiram V. Willson.[2]

Political career

Payne was a Presidential elector in 1848 for Cass/Butler.[3] A member of the Ohio Senate from 1849 to 1851, Payne ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 1851 and for Governor of Ohio in 1857. He served a single term in the United States House of Representatives from 1875-1877, representing the 20th District, based in Cleveland. Payne served on the 1876 Electoral Commission on the disputed presidential election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden. Payne ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1880 and 1884, but won election in 1884 to the Senate. He served a single term and did not seek a second term. During his time in office, Payne remained active in Cleveland's business community: in 1888, he arranged for the construction of the Perry-Payne Building in the present-day Warehouse District.[4]

Payne died in Cleveland on September 9, 1896. He is interred in Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland.[5]

Family life

In 1836 Payne married Mary Perry.[6] They had six children,[2] including Cleveland Mayor Oliver Payne.[7] Their son-in-law was Secretary of the Navy William Collins Whitney.[8]

Payne was the maternal grandfather of Frances P. Bolton[9] and great-grandfather of Oliver Payne Bolton,[10] both of whom later served in the United States House of Representatives. He was also the great-grandfather of Michael Whitney Straight, a confessed spy for the KGB.


  1. ^ Hamilton College (1917). Hamilton Literary Magazine, Volume 52. Hamilton College. p. 33. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Reed 1897 : 96-100
  3. ^ Taylor 1899 : 255
  4. ^ Perry-Payne Building, Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Case Western Reserve University, 1998-04-23. Accessed 2013-09-22.
  5. ^ "PAYNE, HENRY B. - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ "PAYNE, HENRY B. - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ "PAYNE, OLIVER HAZARD - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ Newspaper Enterprise Association (1914). The World Almanac & Book of Facts. Newspaper Enterprise Association. p. 662. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "BOLTON, Frances Payne, (1885 - 1977)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bolton, Oliver Payne, (1917-1972)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 

Further reading

  • Taylor, William Alexander; Taylor, Aubrey Clarence (1899). Ohio statesmen and annals of progress: from the year 1788 to the year 1900 ... 1. State of Ohio. p. 255. 
  • Reed, George Irving; Randall, Emilius Oviatt; Greve, Charles Theodore, eds. (1897). Bench and Bar of Ohio: a Compendium of History and Biography 2. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Company. pp. 96–100. 

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