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John Flournoy Henry

Sign in front of the McCracken, Kentucky Courthouse (in Paducah, Kentucky) commemorating early members of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Jackson Purchase (U.S. historical region). The "First District" in the title actually changed over time. It refers to the Jackson Purchase, which was in the 5th district from 1819 to 1823, the 12th district until 1833, and then the 1st district until the end of the sign's lineage in 1855.

John Flournoy Henry (January 17, 1793 – November 12, 1873) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

Born at Henrys Mill, Kentucky, Henry attended Georgetown Academy, Kentucky, and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1817. He served at Fort Meigs in 1813 as surgeon's mate of Kentucky troops. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and the practice of medicine.

Henry was elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert P. Henry and served from December 11, 1826, to March 3, 1827. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1827 to the Twentieth Congress. Professor in the Medical College of Ohio at Cincinnati in 1831. He moved to Bloomington, Illinois, in 1834 and to Burlington, Iowa, in 1845 and resumed the practice of medicine. He died in Burlington, Iowa, November 12, 1873. He was interred in Aspen Grove Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "John Flournoy Henry (id: H000509)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert P. Henry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 12th congressional district

1826–1827 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
Chittenden Lyon