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Henry Black

Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Death: 1841 (58) (apoplexy)
Place of Burial: Congressional Cemetery * Washington District of Columbia District Of Columbia
Immediate Family:

Son of James BLACK and Jane Black
Husband of Mary Black
Father of Jeremiah Sullivan Black, U.S. Secretary of State and Attorney General
Brother of Mary Dorsey; Matthew Black; Margaret Black; John Black; James Black, Jr and 2 others

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About Henry Black, US Congress


Black (February 25, 1783 – November 28, 1841) was a Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Early life

Henry Black was born near the borough of Somerset, Pennsylvania. He engaged in agricultural pursuits.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

He served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1816 to 1818. He was elected as a Democrat in 1816. He was a justice of the peace and appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania as an associate judge of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, from 1820 to 1840.

Electoral Tickets

Black was on the People's Ticket (electoral ticket) for the Election of 1828, in the 13th district (John Quincy Adams for President and Richard Rush for Vice President). He was also on the Whig Electoral Ticket for the 24th district in the Election of 1840.

United States House of Representatives

Black was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles Ogle. The election was held on Tuesday, June 8, 1841.[6] The vote for Black was approximately 2,703 with the opposition (party not named) getting 1,320 votes (Black receiving a majority of 1,383 more votes). The Daily Atlas lists the opposition candidate's name as "Pilson". (However, the same newspaper listed a "Mr. Philson of Somerset" as the opponent in the special election to replace Black after his death.)


Black served in the House of Representatives until his death at his residence in Somerset in 1841. The cause of death was apoplexy.


Interment in the family cemetery in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, December 9, 1841, his colleague Representative Joseph Lawrence took to the House floor to announce Black's death and provide a eulogy. Lawrence stated that Black was well liked by anyone who came into contact with him. Lawrence indicated that Black was his childhood friend. Lawrence also stated that Black had been in good health the day before his death. Lawrence then submitted a resolution that crepe should be worn in honor of Black's death. The resolution was adopted.

According to the Philadelphia U.S. Gazette (reprinted in the Easton Gazette), he was virtuous and well liked.


His son was Attorney General Jeremiah S. Black and his grandson was Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Chauncey Forward Black.

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Henry Black, US Congress's Timeline

Somerset County, Pennsylvania
January 10, 1810
Age 27
York, York County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 58
Congressional Cemetery * Washington District of Columbia District Of Columbia