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PAYNE, Henry B, senator, born in Madison county, New York, 30 November, 1810. His father, Elisha, was an early settler, and judge of Madison county. Henry was graduated at, Hamilton college in 1832, studied law in Canandaigua, New York, removed to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1834, and practised law there for the next twelve years. He was a presidential elector in 1848, state senator in 1849-'50, and was defeated in the canvass for United States senator in 1851, and for governor in 1857, Salmon P. Chase being elected by a slight majority. He supported Stephen A. Douglas in the Cincinnati Democratic convention in 1856, and in the Charleston, South Carolina, convention in 1860, reporting from the minority of the committee the resolutions that were adopted as the platform of that body. He was a consistent Unionist during" the civil war. Having retired from his profession, he became largely interested in manufactures, railroads, and similar enterprises. Since 1862 he has been president of the Cleveland sinking-fund commission, and he was for several years president of the Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati railroad company. He was chairman of the Ohio delegation to the Baltimore Democratic convention in 1872, a member of congress in 1875-'7, chairman of the house committee on the electoral bill, and a member of the electoral commission in 1876. In 1884 he was elected to the United States senate.
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