BOUTELL, Henry Sherman, (1856 - 1926)


"House Committee on Lilley Charges" (detail), photograph, 1909, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

BOUTELL, Henry Sherman, (great-great grandson of Roger Sherman) a Representative from Illinois; born in Boston, Mass., March 14, 1856; moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1863; pursued academic studies; was graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1874 and from Harvard University in 1876; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1879 and commenced practice in Chicago, Ill.; member of the State house of representatives in 1884 and 1885; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Edward D. Cooke; reelected to the Fifty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from November 23, 1897, to March 3, 1911; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; trustee of Northwestern University 1899-1911; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1908; appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Portugal March 2, 1911, and to Switzerland April 24, 1911, and served until 1913, when he resigned; professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1914-1923; died while on a trip in San Remo, Italy, March 11, 1926; interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Westboro, Worcester County, Mass.