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Robert Kirkland Henry (February 9, 1890 – November 20, 1946) was a banker and politician from Wisconsin. As a Democrat, he served as Wisconsin State Treasurer. As a Republican, he served in the United States House of Representatives.

Robert Kirkland Henry
Robert Kirkland Henry (Wisconsin Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1945 – November 20, 1946
Preceded byHarry Sauthoff
Succeeded byGlenn Robert Davis
20th Treasurer of Wisconsin
In office
January 2, 1933 – January 4, 1937
GovernorAlbert G. Schmedeman
Philip La Follette
Preceded bySolomon Levitan
Succeeded bySolomon Levitan
Personal details
BornFebruary 9, 1890
Jefferson, Wisconsin
DiedNovember 20, 1946(1946-11-20) (aged 56)
Madison, Wisconsin
Resting placeGreenwood Cemetery, Jefferson, Wisconsin
Political partyRepublican


Henry was born in Jefferson, Wisconsin on February 9, 1890. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison for two years, and then began a career in banking. He rose through the ranks of the Jefferson County Bank to become cashier and a member of the board of directors.[1]

In 1932 he was the successful Democratic nominee for State Treasurer, and he served two terms, 1933 to 1937. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936.

In 1938 he ran for the Republican nomination for Governor of Wisconsin, and lost to Julius Heil, who went on to defeat Philip La Follette, the Wisconsin Progressive Party nominee in the general election.

Henry served on the Jefferson Municipal Water and Light Commission from 1939 to 1944. From 1940 to 1944 he was a member of the State Banking Commission 1940-1944.

He was elected to Congress in 1944 and re-elected in 1946. He served in the 79th Congress, but died before the start of the 80th Congress.

Henry died in Madison, Wisconsin on November 20, 1946. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Jefferson.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1946,' biographical sketch of Robert K. Henry, pg. 17, 20
  2. ^ Robert Kirkland Henry at Find a Grave

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Robert Kirkland Henry (id: H000515)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Presidential and Congressional Election Statistics
  • Robert Kirkland Henry, Late a Representative. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. 1950.
Political offices
Preceded by
Solomon Levitan
Treasurer of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Solomon Levitan
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harry Sauthoff
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Glenn Robert Davis