Henry F. Naphen

Henry Francis Naphen (August 14, 1852 – June 8, 1905) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Henry Francis Naphen
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1903
Preceded bySamuel J. Barrows
Succeeded byWilliam S. McNary
Massachusetts State Senate
Fifth Suffolk District[1]
In office
City of Boston School Committee
In office
1882 – January 1886[2]
Personal details
Born(1852-08-14)August 14, 1852
Ireland, U.K.
DiedJune 8, 1905(1905-06-08) (aged 52)
Boston, Massachusetts
Resting placeCalvary Cemetery, Roslindale (Boston), Massachusetts[3]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Margaret A. Drummey
Alma materHarvard University
Boston University School of Law

Born in Ireland (then a part of the U.K.), to John and Jane (Henry) Naphen,[4] Naphen immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was educated by private tutors and also attended the public schools. He was graduated from Harvard University in 1878. He attended the Boston University Law School. He was admitted to the bar at Suffolk County in November 1879 and commenced practice in Boston.

Boston School CommitteeEdit

He served as member of the school committee of Boston 1882-January 1886.[2]

While on the School Committee Naphen served on the standing committees on the Horace Mann School, Sewing, and The Normal School.[5]

Naphen served as member of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1885 and 1886, for the Fifth Suffolk District. Naphen was appointed bail commissioner by the justices of the superior court.

He was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.

Congressional ElectionsEdit

Naphen was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1903).

1898 ElectionEdit

The 1898 election was a two way race between Naphen and incumbent Republican Congressman Samuel J. Barrows, Naphen won the election garnering 17,149 votes to Barrows' total of 13,909.[6]

1902 ElectionEdit

Naphen wanted to run again in 1902 however William S. McNary, chairman of the Democratic State committee wanted the nomination and McNary forced Naphen to retire from the race. As McNary controlled the apparatus of the district's Democratic party Naphen decided to quietly drop out of the race rather than after a fight.[7]

He died in Boston, June 8, 1905 and was interred in Calvary Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Henry F. Naphen (id: N000004)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


  1. ^ Pell, Edward Leigh (1901), A Memorial Volume of American History: McKinley and Men of Our Times, Together with the Great Questions with which They Have Been Identified and which are Still Pressing for Solution, Historical Society of America, p. 492
  2. ^ a b School Committee of the City of Boston (1884), Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of Boston 1883, Boston, MA: Geo. C. Rand & Avery, p. 245
  3. ^ Find a Grave, Henry Francis Naphen, Find a Grave
  4. ^ Davis, William Thomas (1895), Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA: The Boston History Company, p. 191
  5. ^ School Committee of the City of Boston (1884), Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of Boston 1883, Boston, MA: Geo. C. Rand & Avery, p. 246
  6. ^ Gifford, Stephen Nye (1899), A Manual for the Use of the General Court, Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Printing Company, p. 346
  7. ^ "NAPHEN INDUCED TO RETIRE. Democratic Chairman McNary Wants the Nomination for Himself.", The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., p. 1, August 22, 1902

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1903
Succeeded by