|United States Senator|
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1903
|Preceded by||Fred Dubois|
|Succeeded by||Weldon B. Heyburn|
|Born||January 12, 1859|
St. Louis, Missouri
|Died||October 21, 1938 (aged 79)|
|Resting place||Normal Hill Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Anna M. Jacobs|
|Children||4 sons, 2 daughters|
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Heitfeld attended public and private schools there. He moved to Seneca, Kansas, then Pomeroy, Washington Territory, and finally to Lewiston, Idaho Territory, in 1883, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising.
Idaho gained statehood in 1890; Heitfeld was elected to the state senate and served from 1894 to 1897. He was elected as a Populist to the United States Senate in 1896, served a single term, and did not seek reelection in 1902.
From 1914 to 1922, Heitfeld was a registrar of the United States Land Office at Lewiston. He engaged in fruit growing during this period. At age 71 in 1930, Heitfeld returned to politics as a member of the Nez Perce County Commission, eventually serving as its chair. He retired in 1938 and moved to Spokane, Washington, shortly before his death. He was the last living U.S. senator to have served in the 19th century.
- "Mrs. Heitfeld dead at 6 last evening". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 27, 1923. p. 3.
- "Former senator Henry Heitfeld taken by death". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). (obituary). October 23, 1938. p. 14.
- "Henry Heitfeld taken by death". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (obituary). October 23, 1938. p. 12.
- "Funeral of Mrs. Heitfeld". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 29, 1923. p. 12.
- "Henry Heitfeld rites observed". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). October 25, 1938. p. 2.
- United States Congress. "Henry Heitfeld (id: H000458)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Henry Heitfeld at Find a Grave