Sixth Arkansas Governor. He served as Governor of Arkansas from 1860 to 1862 Born at Fontaine's Ferry near Louisville, Kentucky, hereceived the rudiments of an education from his mother, but his formal schooling was limited to two years spent at Francis Goddard's school in Louisville. His mother remarried after his father's death, and from age thirteen to nineteen, Henry had an unhappy childhood at the salt-works of his stepfather, Stephen Trigg, cutting and hauling wood. In 1835, at age nineteen, Henry left for Arkansas. The first and fifth governors, James and Elias Conway were his cousins, their mother Ann being his Aunt. In 1848, he was elected to the Arkansas Senate, representing Perry and Saline counties. In his two terms, he devoted considerable attention to problems at the state penitentiary and acquired a reputation as a skilled debater. In 1852, he was chosen a Democratic presidential elector. Henry Rector was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1860. During his term Arkansas seceded from the Union and was admitted to the Confederate States of America. The constitution of Arkansas was rewritten reducing the term of office for Governor to two years. Henry left office in 1862 and served as a private in the state militia for the rest of the war. Henry participated in the 1874 constitutional convention. Henry died in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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