BEDINGER, Henry (1812-1858)

BEDINGER, HENRY, (nephew of George Michael Bedinger), a Representative from Virginia; born near Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, Va. (now West Virginia), February 3, 1812; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1832 and commenced practice in Shepherdstown; moved to Charlestown, Va., and continued the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1849); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1848 to the Thirty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law; appointed Charg? d'Affaires to Denmark on May 24, 1853, and Minister Resident June 29, 1854, in which capacity he served until August 10, 1858, when he resigned; died in Shepherdstown, W.Va., November 26, 1858; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

Duke University
William R. Perkins Library Special Collections Department
Durham, NC
Papers: In the Danske (Bedinger) Dandridge Papers, 1752-1954, 5508 items and 150 volumes.
Includes journals and fragments thereof of Henry Bedinger from the 1830s, as well as papers from when Henry Bedinger was Minister to Denmark in the 1850s. There are also writings, poems, family correspondence, genealogies, and memoirs used by Mrs. Dandridge to write the Bedinger family history. A card index is available in the library.


The Library of Virginia
Archives Branch
Richmond, VA
Papers: In the George Rust, Jr. Papers, 1788-1858, 214 pages.
Includes correspondence from George Rust, Jr., to Henry Bedinger. An inventory is available in the repository.


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In the Caroline Bowne Bedinger Papers, 1853-1917, 2 folders.
Subjects include Caroline Bedinger's husband, Henry Bedinger. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

  • Bedinger, Henry. Speech of Hon. Henry Bedinger, of Virginia, on the President's special message. Delivered in the House of Representatives, Tuesday, January 25, 1848. Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1848.
  • ------. Speech ... on the Oregon question ... January 15, 1846. Washington: Printed at the Union office, 1846.
  • Levin, Alexandra Lee. "Henry Bedinger of Virginia: First United States Minister to Denmark." Virginia Cavalcade 29 (Spring 1980): 184-91.