Henry Clay HANSBROUGH, Congress, ND (1848-1933)

Senate Years of Service:

HANSBROUGH, Henry Clay, a Representative and a Senator from North Dakota; born near Prairie du Rocher, Randolph County, Ill., January 30, 1848; attended the common schools; moved to San Jose, Calif., in 1867; learned the art of printing and worked at the trade in San Jose, Calif., and later at Baraboo, Wis.; moved to Dakota Territory and established the Grand Forks News in 1881 and the Inter-Ocean at Devils Lake in 1883; mayor of Devils Lake 1885-1888; member of the Republican National Committee 1888-1896; upon the admission of North Dakota as a State into the Union was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress and served from November 2, 1889, until March 3, 1891; did not seek renomination in 1891, having become a candidate for Senator; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1891; reelected in 1897 and again in 1903 and served from March 4, 1891, to March 3, 1909; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1909; chairman, Committee on the Library (Fifty-fourth Congress), Committee on Public Lands (Fifty-fifth through Sixtieth Congresses), Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (Sixtieth Congress); resumed his former business pursuits in Devils Lake, N.Dak.; moved to Florida, New York, and finally to Washington, D.C., in 1927, where he died on November 16, 1933; cremated and the ashes scattered under an elm tree on the United States Capitol Grounds, Washington, D.C.


Schlup, Leonard. “Henry C. Hansbrough and the Fight Against the Tariff in 1894.” North Dakota History 45 (Fall 1978): 32-39; Schlup, Leonard. ”Quiet Imperialist: Henry C. Hansbrough and the Question of Expansion.” North Dakota History 45 (Spring 1978): 26-31.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present