Person:Dr. Henry Chambers

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Dr. Henry Chambers

From Biographical Directory of the US Congress
 Physician, Planter, Politician

Born:October 1, 1790, Lunenburg County, VA
Died:February 24, 1826, Kenbridge, VA
Buried:Chambers Family Cemetery
Husband of:Eliza Chambers


•  Ran for Governor and lost to Israel Pickens - Encyclopedia of Alabama: Pickens

•  "Elected to the U.S. senate in 1825, Chambers never took his seat, dying at his Virginia birthplace en route." - Encyclopedia of Alabama: Chambers

•  Allied with the "Broad River Group" although he did not move to Huntsville with the group from GA.

•  He was one of the wealthiest men in the area and his "aristocratic status" was used against him in his run for governor.

•  "CHAMBERS, HENRY H., physician, was born October 1, 1790, in Lunenburg County, Va., and died January 24, 1826, in the same county while on his way to Washington, D. C., to take his seat in the United States senate; a brother of Judge Edward Chambers. He was a well educated man and after his removal to Alabama in 1812 engaged in the practice of medicine at Madison. He served as surgeon on the staff of Gen. Jackson during the Indian wars; was a member of the state constitutional convention in 1819; and represented his district in the lower house of the legislature in 1820. He was defeated for governor by Hon. Israel Pickens in 1821 and 1823; was a presidential elector on the Jackson ticket in 1824; and the following winter was elected to the United States senate for a term of six years but died on his way to the capital. His death was much regretted for he was a man of irreproachable morals and an eminent physician. His talents were of a high order, his oratory chaste and his bearing dignified and earnest. He was over six feet high, somewhat spare, with dark eyes and sallow complexion. Alabama has preserved his memory by naming a county in his honor. Married: a Miss Smith, of Tennessee. One of his two sons, Hon. Henry C. Chambers, represented Mississippi in the Confederate congress and became a distinguished orator and citizen of that state; and his daughter married a son of Gov. Thomas Bibb. Last residence: Madison, Ala." - Alabama Biography

•  Education: William and Mary College and the University of Pennsylvania - Encyclopedia of Alabama: Chambers

Related Links:
•  Alabama Biography - Bio from History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3 by Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, © 1921, p 310
•  Biographical Directory of the US Congress - US Congressional Bio
•  Encyclopedia of Alabama: Broad River Group - Article on the Broad River Group
•  Encyclopedia of Alabama: Chambers - Bio
•  Encyclopedia of Alabama: Pickens - Article on his political opponent.
•  Genealogy Trails - Obituary for his wife, Eliza

The Following Pages Link to this Page:
•  Eliza Chambers

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