HENDERSON, Charles Belknap, (1873 - 1954)

Senate Years of Service: 1918-1921
Party: Democrat

HENDERSON, Charles Belknap, a Senator from Nevada; born in San Jose, Calif., June 8, 1873; moved with his parents to Nevada in 1876; attended the public schools in Elko, Nev., the University of the Pacific, and Leland Stanford Junior University in California; graduated in law from the University of Michigan in 1895; admitted to the bar in 1896 and commenced practice in Elko, Nev.; served as lieutenant in Torrey’s Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War; district attorney of Elko County 1901-1905; member, State house of representatives 1905-1907; regent of the University of Nevada 1907-1917; appointed on January 12, 1918, and subsequently elected on November 5, 1918, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Francis G. Newlands and served from January 12, 1918, to March 3, 1921; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920; chairman, Committee on Industrial Expositions (Sixty-fifth Congress), Committee on Mines and Mining (Sixty-fifth Congress); appointed a member of the board of directors of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in 1934, elected chairman in 1941 and resigned in 1947; retired from political activities; president and director of the Elko Telephone & Telegraph Co. and a director of the Western Pacific Railroad; died in San Francisco, Calif., November 8, 1954; interment in Elko Cemetery, Elko, Nev.