WALDRON, Henry (1819-1880)

WALDRON, HENRY, a Representative from Michigan; born in Albany, N.Y., October 11, 1819; attended Albany Academy, and was graduated from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, N.J., in 1836; moved to Michigan in 1837 and was employed as a civil engineer in railroad work; settled in Hillsdale, Mich., in 1839; member of the State legislature in 1843; a director of the Michigan Southern Railroad 1846-1848; active in promoting the construction of the Detroit, Hillsdale & Southwestern Railroad and served as its first president; president of the Second National Bank of Hillsdale from the date of its organization until 1876; presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1848; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fourth, Thirty-fifth, and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1861); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Thirty-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1860; elected to the Forty-second, Forty-third, and Forty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1877); chairman, Committee on Mines and Mining (Forty-second Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1876; elected president of the First National Bank of Hillsdale in 1876 and served until his death in Hillsdale, Hillsdale County, Mich., September 13, 1880; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Michigan State University
University Archives and Historical Collections
East Lansing, MI
Papers: 1832-1881, 0.66 cubic foot.
The papers of Henry Waldron include correspondence, speeches, and financial statements. Much of the collection documents Hillsdale County, Michigan. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository and online.


University of Chicago
William E. Barton Collection of Lincolniana
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1873, 1 item.
A letter from Henry Waldron to the Collector of the Port of New York, [New York], written on January 18, 1873. In the letter, Henry Waldron writes a letter of recommendation for Hamilton Reeve.


University of Michigan
Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1838, 1 volume.
A surveyor's notebook of Henry Waldron documenting the route of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad between Adrian and Hillsdale, Michigan.

Papers: In the Rice Aner Beal Papers, 1843-1883, 4 linear feet.
Correspondents include Henry Waldron. A finding aid for the papers is available in the library.

Papers: In the Francis Reuben Stebbins Papers, 1856-1896, 15 items.
Correspondents include Henry Waldron.

  • Waldron, Henry. Kansas affairs: Speech of Hon. Henry Waldron, of Michigan, in the House of Representatives, April 8, 1856: In Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union. Washington, D.C.: Buell & Blanchard, printers, [1856?]
  • ------. Modern Democracy against the Union, the Constitution, the policy of our fathers, and the rights of free labor. [Washington: Republican Executive Congressional Committee, 1860].