Henry Vail

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Henry Vail (* 1782 near Millbrook, New York; † June 25, 1853 in Troy, New York) was an American politician. Between 1837 and 1839 he represented the state of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Henry Vail was born near Millbrook during the Revolutionary War. He received a modest school education. Between 1806 and 1815 he was engaged as a retail merchant, and between 1815 and 1832 as a wholesale merchant. Politically he belonged to the Democratic party. In the congressional election of 1836 for the 25th Congress, Vail was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., in New York’s ninth congressional district, where he succeeded Hiram P. Hunt on March 4, 1837. In 1838 he suffered defeat in his re-election bid and retired from Congress after March 3, 1839. After his congressional term he resumed his former business at Troy, where he died June 25, 1853. His body was buried there in Oakwood Cemetery.


Web links

  • Henry Vail in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)
  • Henry Vail in the database of Find a Grave (english)Template:Findagrave/Maintenance/Same identifiers in source text and Wikidata