James R. Henry

James R. Henry
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 6th Essex District
In office
Preceded by Frances Alexander
Succeeded by Michael P. Cahill
Personal details
Born (1963-12-19) December 19, 1963
Los Angeles
Political party Republican
Residence Beverly, Massachusetts
Alma mater George Washington University
Norwich University
Occupation Bookkeeper
State Representative

James R. Henry is an American politician who represented the 6th Essex District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1991 to 1993.

Early life

Henry was born on December 19, 1963 in Los Angeles. He lived in Connecticut and Washington D.C. before moving to Beverly, Massachusetts in 1989. He graduated from George Washington University and Norwich University and attended Northeastern University and UMass Boston.[1][2] While at George Washington, Henry was the chairman of the George Washington University College Republicans.[3]

Political career

In 1990, Henry challenged incumbent Frances Alexander for the 6th Essex District seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Alexander was considered one of the most likely incumbents to be defeated, however the race became close after Henry made several misstatements about his educational and professional background, which included claiming he was an accountant when he really was a bookkeeper.[4] Henry defeated Alexander 8,535 (51.6%) votes to 8,009 (48.4%).[5]

In 1992, Henry was the only incumbent Republican to face a primary challenger.[6] He defeated Sumner C. Roseman 1,395 votes (74.4%) to 476 (25.4%). He lost to Democrat Michael P. Cahill in the general election 12,750 votes (65.5%) to 6,706 (34.5%).[5]


  1. Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1991-1992.
  2. Murphy, Jeremiah V. (October 28, 1990). "The Incumbent vs. a Mystery Man". The Boston Globe.
  3. Gailey, Phil (September 26, 1984). "Seminars Suspected in Heckling of Democrats". The New York Times.
  4. Zuckoff, Mitchell (November 7, 1990). "Hard Time for State House Insiders". The Boston Globe.
  5. 1 2 "James R. Henry (R)". PD43+. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  6. Phillips, Frank (September 15, 1992). "Incumbents face test at polls today". The Boston Globe.
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