SHAW, Henry (1788-1857)

SHAW, HENRY, (son of Samuel Shaw), a Representative from Massachusetts; born near Putney, Windham County, Vt., in 1788; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Albany, N.Y., in 1810; moved to Lanesboro, Mass., in 1813; elected as a Republican to the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1821); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1820; member of the State house of representatives 1824-1830 and 1833; served in the State senate in 1835; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 1845; moved to New York City in 1848; member of the Board of Education of New York City in 1849; member of the New York City Common Council 1850-1851; member of the New York State Assembly in 1853; moved to Newburgh, N.Y., in 1854; died in Peekskill, Westchester County, N.Y., October 17, 1857; interment in the Lower Cemetery, Lanesboro, Mass.

Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1837, 3 pages.
A letter from Henry Shaw to Daniel Webster written on February 8, 1837. In the letter, Henry Shaw writes that he is opposed to Daniel Webster's chosen course because of its possible effect on the Whig Party. He also writes that he believes that Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster should stay.