Henry L. Muldrow

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Henry L. Muldrow
First Assistant United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
July 1, 1885 – April 1, 1889
President Grover Cleveland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1885
Preceded by Lucius Q. C. Lamar
Succeeded by John M. Allen
Personal details
Born Henry Lowndes Muldrow
(1837-02-08)February 8, 1837
Lowndes County, Mississippi
Died March 1, 1905(1905-03-01) (aged 68)
Oktibbeha County, Mississippi
Cause of death Heart failure
Resting place Odd Fellows Cemetery,
Starkville, Mississippi
33°27′45.0″N 88°48′24.3″W / 33.462500°N 88.806750°W / 33.462500; -88.806750
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Eliza Dick Ervin Muldrow (m. 1860)
Alma mater University of Mississippi (BA, LLB)
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Years of service 1861–1865
Rank Confederate States of America Lieutenant Colonel.png Lieutenant-Colonel
Commands 11th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment (acting) (1865)

American Civil War

Henry L. Muldrow (born Henry Lowndes Muldrow; February 8, 1837 – March 1, 1905) was an American politician who served as First Assistant Secretary of the Interior in the first Cleveland administration. Prior to this he served as U.S. Representative from Mississippi's 1st congressional district, a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives and as an officer of the Confederate States Army who commanded a cavalry regiment in the Western Theater of the American Civil War.

Early life[edit]

Henry Lowndes Muldrow was born in Lowndes County, Mississippi, on February 8, 1837, the sixth child of Simon Connell (1809–1868) and Louisa Adaline (née Cannon; 1798–1853) Muldrow. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1858.[1] The next year he graduated from the law school of the same university; being admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Starkville, Mississippi, in the year after. He was appointed second lieutenant in Company C, 14th Mississippi Infantry Regiment in 1861; later attaining the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the 11th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment.[2] Afterwards he served as the attorney for the sixth judicial district of Mississippi and became a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1875. From 1876 to 1898 he was a trustee of his alma mater.[3][4]

Later life[edit]

Muldrow was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1885). He also served as Chairman, Committee on Territories (Forty-sixth Congress), and on the Committee on Private Land Claims (Forty-eighth Congress). He also helped to introduce a bill that proposed that the U.S. change to use a modified version of the metric system for coinage.[5] During the first administration of President Grover Cleveland he was appointed to the office of First Assistant Secretary of the Interior. He resigned in 1889 and resumed his law practice. In 1890 he was as delegate to Mississippi's state constitutional convention; being appointed chancellor of the first district of Mississippi in September 1899; serving until 1905. He died on March 1, 1905.[3][4]


Muldrow, Oklahoma, is named after him.

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