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HENDERSON, Thomas Jefferson, congressman, born in Brownsville, Tennessee, 29 November, 1824. He was educated in the common schools of his native town, removed to Illinois, and spent one term at the University of Iowa. He was clerk of the Start county, Illinois, commissioner's court in 1847-'9, and from 1849 till 1853 clerk of the Starr county court. In 1855-'60 he was in the legislature, and, joining the National army in 1862, as colonel of the 112th regiment of Illinois volunteers, served till the close of the war. In 1865 he was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers for services during the rebellion. In 1871 he became collector of internal revenue for the 5th district of Illinois. He was elected to congress as a Republican in 1874, and has since served by successive re-elections.
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