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Henry Waldron (October 11, 1819September 13, 1880) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michiganmarker.

Waldron was born in Albany, New Yorkmarker. He attended Albany Academy and graduated from Rutgers Collegemarker in New Brunswick, New Jerseymarker in 1836. He moved to Michigan in 1837 and was employed as a civil engineer in railroad work. In 1839 Waldron settled in Hillsdale, Michiganmarker.

Waldron became a member of the Michigan House of Representatives in 1843 and was a director of the Michigan Southern Railroad, serving from 1846 to 1848. He was active in promoting the construction of the Detroit, Hillsdale and South Western Railroad and served as its first president. He was a presidential elector on the Whig Party ticket in 1848.

In 1854, he defeated incumbent Democrat David A. Noble to be elected as a Republican from Michigan's 2nd congressional district to the Thirty-fourth Congress. He was re-elected to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses, serving from March 4, 1855 to March 3, 1861. He was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury in the Thirty-fourth Congress. He was not a candidate for re-nomination in 1860.

In 1870, he was elected to represent Michigan's 1st congressional district to the Forty-second Congress and subsequently re-elected to represent Michigan's 2nd district to the Forty-third and Forty-fourth Congresses, serving from March 4, 1871 to March 3, 1877. He was chairman of the Committee on Mines and Mining in the Forty-second Congress. He declined to be a candidate for re-nomination.

In 1876, Henry Waldron was elected president of the First National Bank of Hillsdale and served until his death in Hillsdale. He was interred in Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsdale.

The village of Waldron, Michiganmarker is named in his honour [392347].


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