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Henry Bedinger, III

Birthplace: "Bedford" near, Sheperdstown, Jefferson , Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Sheperdstown, Jefferson , Virginia, United States
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Place of Burial: Sheperdstown, Jefferson, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj. Daniel Bedinger and Sarah Bedinger
Husband of Margaret Bedinger and Caroline Bedinger
Father of George Rust Bedinger; Virginia Bedinger; Caroline Dandridge; Henry Bedinger, IV and Mary Mitchell
Brother of Elizabeth Conrad Washington; Virginia Ann Lucas; Henrietta Lee and Susan Peyton Cornwall

Occupation: First Ambassador to Denmark under President Pierce
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About Henry Bedinger, III

First Ambassador to Denmark under President Pierce

"Henry Bedinger, son of the Revolutionary hero, Daniel Bedinger, and Sarah Rutherford Bedinger, was born at Bedford, near Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in 1812. After receiving a liberal classical education, he studied law and practiced his profession in Shepherdstown and in Charles Town. In 1845, he succeeded his partner and brother-in-law, George Rust, as representative in Congress and was re-elected for a second term. He was an eloquent speaker, and an exceptionally able debater, and was called the Eagle of Harpers Ferry. In 1853, he was appointed charge d'affaires to Denmark, and was later resident minister. He was instrumental in securing the Skager Rack and Cattegat Treaty, by which Denmark agreed to abolish sound dues. Throughout his distinguished career as a diplomat, he thought longingly of his home and his friends in his own country, and it was with great personal satisfaction that he laid aside his public duties and returned to Shepherdstown. In his honor the citizens of the town gave a great demonstration, one of the features of which was a barbecue. Only a short time after he received his welcome home, he contracted pneumonia and on November 26, 1858, after an illness of only five days, he died at his home in Shepherdstown."

[Source: Ella May Turner, Stories and Verse of West Virginia 70 (Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Mennonite Publishing House, rev. ed. 1925)(1923)]


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Henry Bedinger, III's Timeline

February 3, 1812
Sheperdstown, Jefferson , Virginia, United States
June 5, 1839
Age 27
July 9, 1840
Age 28
Age 29
October 4, 1847
Age 35
August 3, 1850
Age 38
November 19, 1854
Age 42
Copenhagen, Denmark
November 26, 1858
Age 46
Sheperdstown, Jefferson , Virginia, United States
Age 45
Sheperdstown, Jefferson, West Virginia, United States