CUMMINGS, Henry Johnson Brodhead

CUMMINGS, Henry Johnson Brodhead
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1831–1909

Biography

CUMMINGS, Henry Johnson Brodhead, a Representative from Iowa; born in Newton, Sussex County, N.J., May 21, 1831; attended the public schools of Muncy, Pa.; edited a newspaper in Schuylkill County, Pa., in 1850; studied law, and was admitted to the bar at Williamsport, Pa., in 1855; moved to Iowa in 1856 and settled in Winterset, Madison County; prosecuting attorney of Madison County 1856-1858; entered the Union Army in July 1861; was made captain of Company F, Fourth Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, August 15, 1861; accepted the commission of colonel of the Thirty-ninth Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, September 12, 1862, and was honorably discharged December 22, 1864; became editor and proprietor of the Winterset Madisonian in 1869; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878; died in Winterset, Iowa, April 16, 1909; interment in Winterset Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

State Historical Society of Iowa

Des Moines, IA
Papers: 1861-1909, 2 linear feet. The papers of Henry J.B. Cummings include his Civil War correspondence (mostly letters written to his wife, Annie); war-related ephemera and publications, including an infantry training manual and pocket-sized intructional books issued to soldiers; political ephemera and circulars including a speech on southern war claims that Cummings made before Congress in 1878; and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings related to his achievements. A detailed inventory to this collection is available.
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