Robert Henley (Birmingham mayor)
Robert H. Henley
|1st and 4th Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama|
December 19, 1871 – April 22, 1873
|Preceded by||Establishment created|
|Succeeded by||James Robert Powell|
|Born||January 20, 1843|
Demopolis, Alabama, U.S.
|Died||April 22, 1873 (aged 30)|
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
|Children||Tom Henley, Evelina Henley|
Robert was born the son of attorney John Woodson Henley on January 20, 1843. He moved with his wife Amelia Peters to Elyton and founded the weekly newspaper Elyton Sun, which later became the Birmingham Sun, the city of Birmingham's first newspaper.
In 1872, he considered a run for state Senate, but withdrew on account of ill health. He contracted tuberculosis during his term of office and died on April 22, 1873 at the age of 30. He was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Birmingham.
- "Robert Henley". bhamwiki. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- Demopolis Man Builder of City, The Demopolis Times (Demopolis, Alabama) 1 Dec 1910, page 1, accessed via Newspapers.com
- Mr. Henlye Declines, Alabama State Journal (Montgomery, Alabama) 24, May 1872, page 2, accessed via Newspapers.com