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John Lane Henry (1831-1907)

Associate Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1889-1893

John Lane Henry was born October 18, 1831, in Culpepper County, Virginia. When he was five years old, his parents moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he grew up and completed his education at Union University. He came to Texas in 1852, settling in Huntsville, where he read law from 1854-55. He was admitted to the Texas bar in 1855. In 1856, Henry moved to Livingston, in Polk County. He was married in 1860; he was elected district attorney for the Thirteenth District the same year. With his wife, Henry had four sons; the eldest, William T. Henry, became a well-known Dallas attorney.

When the Civil War broke out, Henry entered the Confederate Army, and was attached to a company that defended the Texas coast until war's end. In 1869, he relocated to Tyler, and was elected to the Senate of the Thirteenth Texas Legislature. He practiced law in Tyler with Stockton P. Donley, and following Donley's death, with Tignal W. Jones. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1875. In 1879, Henry moved to Dallas, where he formed a law partnership with W. W. Leake. He served two terms as mayor of East Dallas, then a separate incorporated community, and one term as alderman.

Henry was elected an associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court in 1888, and took the oath of office in January 1889. He served on the court until 1893.

John Lane Henry died October 21, 1907, three days after his seventy-sixth birthday, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Dallas.


John Lane Henry. Find a Grave (last modified October 25, 2000).

Sid S. Johnson. 1 Texans Who Wore the Gray 63-64 (Tyler, Texas, 1907).

Extended bibliography

Bentley, H. L. The Texas Legal Directory 56 (Austin, Texas: Democratic Statesman Office, 1877).

Personnel of the Texas State Government 82. Lewis E. Daniell, compiler (Austin, Texas: the author, 1889).

Johnson, Sidney Smith. Texans Who Wore the Gray 63 (Tyler?, Texas: 1907).

Lindsley, Philip. 2 A History of Greater Dallas and Vicinity 379. (Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Co., 1909).

Speer, Ocie. Texas Jurists 94 (Austin, Texas: the author, 1936).