Henry D. Flood
Henry De La Warr Flood (September 2, 1865 – December 8, 1921) was a Representative from the Commonwealth of Virginia to the United States House of Representatives, brother of U.S. Representative Joel West Flood and uncle of U.S. Senator Harry Flood Byrd.
Henry D. Flood
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Virginia's 10th district
March 4, 1901 – December 8, 1921
|Preceded by||Julian M. Quarles|
|Succeeded by||Henry S. Tucker III|
|Member of the Virginia Senate|
from the 18th district
December 2, 1891 – March 4, 1901
|Preceded by||Edmund W. Hubard|
|Succeeded by||Frank C. Moon|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Appomattox County|
December 8, 1887 – December 2, 1891
|Preceded by||W. C. Franklin|
|Succeeded by||J. W. Harwood|
Henry De La Warr Flood
September 2, 1865
Eldon Appomattox County, Virginia, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||December 8, 1921 (aged 56)|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||Washington & Lee University|
University of Virginia
Early and family lifeEdit
Flood was born September 2, 1865 in "Eldon" in Appomattox County, Virginia, to former Virginia state senator and CSA Major Joel Walker Flood (1839-1916), and his first wife, the former Ella Faulkner (1844-1885). He had an elder sister, Eleanor Bolling Flood Byrd (1864-1957), and a younger half-brother Joel West Flood (1894 -1964). Flood attended public schools in Appomattox and Richmond, Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and his law degree from the University of Virginia.
On April 18, 1914, the middle-aged bachelor married Anna Florence Portner (1888-1966), daughter of German beer brewer and inventor Robert Portner. They married at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C., followed by a reception at the Pan American Union Building. His young namesake Henry D. Flood III died in 1920, the year of his birth, as had their daughter Anna Portner Flood in 1916. Their children Bolling Byrd Flood (1915-2000) and Eleanor Faulkner Flood Schoellkopf (1917-1975) survived their parents.
Voters also elected Flood as Appomattox County's delegate to the Virginia House of Delegates from 1887 to 1891 (a part time position). He served as member of the Senate of Virginia from 1891 to 1903. He was a delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1901. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Fifty-fifth Congress.
Flood was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh and to the ten succeeding Congresses and served until his death (March 4, 1901 – December 8, 1921). In his first term, he proposed creation of what ultimately became Shenandoah National Park more than a decade after his death, due to the efforts of his nephew Harry F. Byrd, who became one of Virginia's U.S. Senators in 1933.
In 1911, he was responsible for the Flood amendment to the enabling act for New Mexico statehood, which provided for a simple majority to ratify amendments to the New Mexico Constitution. In 1917, he helped to bring the United States into World War I as the author of the resolutions declaring a state of war to exist between the United States and Germany and Austria-Hungary.
Death and legacyEdit
Henry died on December 8, 1921, in Washington, D.C..
- United States Congress. "Henry D. Flood (id: F000210)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Henry D. Flood at Find a Grave
- Henry D. Flood, late a representative from Virginia, Memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives and Senate frontispiece 1924
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Julian M. Quarles
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 10th congressional district
Henry S. Tucker III