Rainey, Henry Thomas, 1860-1934

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Illinois Congressman born in Carrollton, Ill. and graduated from Amherst College and Union Law School in Chicago. Practiced law in Carrollton until 1903 when he was elected as a Democrat to the 58th Congress where he served through 1921. Elected again in 1923 and served until his death in 1934, acting as majority leader in the 72nd Congress and Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 73rd Congress.

From the description of Index to congressional service, 1903-1921, 1923-1933. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 53920471

U.S. representative from Illinois and speaker of the U.S. Congress House of Representatives.

From the description of Henry Thomas Rainey papers, 1904-1934 (bulk 1924-1934). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82561872

Biographical Note

  • 1860, Aug. 20: Born, Carrollton, Ill.
  • 1883: Graduated, Amherst College, Amherst, Mass.
  • 1885: Graduated, Union College of Law, Chicago, Ill. Admitted to the bar and began law practice, Carrollton, Ill.
  • 1887 - 1895 : Master in chancery, Greene County, Ill.
  • 1903 - 1920 : U.S. representative from Illinois
  • 1923 - 1934 : U.S. representative form Illinois
  • 1931 - 1932 : Democratic Majority leader in House of Representative
  • 1933 - 1934 : Speaker of the House of Representative
  • 1934, Aug. 19: Died, St. Louis, Mo.

From the guide to the Henry Thomas Rainey Papers, 1904-1934, (bulk 1924-1934), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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creatorOf Henry Thomas Rainey Papers, 1904-1934, (bulk 1924-1934) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Correspondence and compositions, 1870-1963. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Rainey, Henry Thomas, 1860-1934. Henry Thomas Rainey papers, 1904-1934 (bulk 1924-1934). Library of Congress
creatorOf Rainey, Henry Thomas, 1860-1934. Index to congressional service, 1903-1921, 1923-1933. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Daniel C. Roper Papers David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn David Franklin Houston papers, 1891-1930 (inclusive), 1913-1921 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Barnes, Robert. Robert Barnes papers, 1962-1964 [manuscript]. East Carolina University, Joyner Library
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correspondedWith Bacon, Alexander S. (Alexander Samuel), 1853-1920 person
associatedWith Barnes, Robert. person
correspondedWith Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925 person
correspondedWith Dannis, Sam B. person
correspondedWith Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951 person
associatedWith Houston, David Franklin, 1866-1940 person
correspondedWith McAdoo, W. G. (William Gibbs), 1863-1941 person
associatedWith Morrison, Hugh A. person
correspondedWith Pease, Arthur Stanley, 1881- person
associatedWith Roper, Daniel C. (Daniel Calhoun), 1867-1943 person
associatedWith United States. Congress. House. corporateBody
correspondedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924 person
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Illinois Waterway (Ill.)
Illinois Waterway (Ill.)
United States
United States
Agriculture--Economic aspects
Farm produce--Marketing
Agriculture--Economic aspects--United States
Farm produce--United States--Marketing
Inland water transportation
Inland water transportation--United States
Agriculture--United States
Representatives, U.S. Congress--Illinois


Birth 1860-08-20

Death 1934-08-19


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