The son of Edwin George Foreman and Amelia Cox of Campden Hill, Kensington, London, he became deeply involved in the municipal politics of Hammersmith. From 1913–1920 he was mayor of the Metropolitan Borough of Hammersmith, and was an alderman on the borough council from 1918.
During the First World War Foreman was actively involved in recruiting for the British Army. As mayor of Hammersmith he was the honorary colonel and founder of the 20th London Cadet Corps and helped raise the 140th Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery and the 40th Divisional Ammunition Column. He also presented the Parkside Orthopaedic Hospital for Officers at Ravenscourt Park to the War Office. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his wartime services.
At the 1918 general election he stood as the Coalition Conservative candidate contesting the newly created constituency of Hammersmith North. Foreman faced Liberal and National Party opponents. He was comfortably elected to become member of parliament for Hammersmith North, with a majority of 3,243 votes. He was knighted in 1921, for "municipal and local services". He was re-elected as a Conservative at the following election in 1922 with a majority of 2,903 votes over his Labour Party opponent, J P Gardner. A further general election was held in the following year on the issue of tariff reform, and Foreman took the opportunity to retire from politics.
- London, England, Freedom of the City Admission Papers, 1681-1930
- "Obituary: Sir Henry Foreman". The Times. 12 April 1924. p. 24.
- "Some West-End Contests. Labour Activities". The Times. 3 December 1918. p. 3.
- "General Election, 1918 - The Polls". 30 December 1918. p. 15.
- "No. 32178". The London Gazette. 1 March 1921. p. 1693.
- "No. 32243". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1921. p. 2.
- "The General Election. First Returns, Polls In The Boroughs, Heavy Voting". The Times. 16 November 1922. p. 6.
- "The Campaign. London Borough Contests, Hammersmith And Fulham". The Times. 26 November 1923. p. 8.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Henry Foreman
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