William Henry Denson

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William Henry Denson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895
Preceded byWilliam H. Forney
Succeeded byMilford W. Howard
Personal details
Born(1846-03-04)March 4, 1846
Uchee, Alabama, U.S.
DiedSeptember 26, 1906(1906-09-26) (aged 60)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Resting placeElmwood Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic

William Henry Denson (March 4, 1846 – September 26, 1906) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama.

Born in Uchee, Alabama, Denson attended the common schools and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Denson left the University of Alabama in 1863 to join the Confederate States Army, worked on his father's farm and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1868 and commenced practice in Union Springs, Alabama, moved to LaFayette, Alabama, in October 1870, served as mayor of Lafayette in 1874, served as member of the State house of representatives in 1876, moved to Gadsden, Etowah County, in 1877 and continued the practice of his profession. He was appointed by President Cleveland United States district attorney for the northern and middle districts of Alabama and served from June 30, 1885, to June 3, 1889. He served as chairman of the Democratic State convention in 1890. Denson was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1894 and moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where he resumed the practice of law. He died in Birmingham, Alabama and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "William Henry Denson (id: D000253)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William H. Forney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895
Succeeded by
Milford W. Howard