Henry Poehler

Henry Poehler, 1858.

Henry Poehler, (August 22, 1833 July 18, 1912, was Representative from Minnesota; born in Hiddesen, Lippe-Detmold, Germany (now a part of Detmold); attended his father’s academy; immigrated to the United States in April 1848 and settled in Burlington, Iowa, where he attended the public schools; moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1853 and to Henderson, Sibley County, Minnesota, in 1854; engaged in general merchandising and as a grain merchant; appointed postmaster at Henderson, Minnesota, February 25, 1856, and served until April 12, 1861; served in the state house of representatives in 1857, 1858, and 1865; county commissioner of Sibley County and chairman of the board from January 1865 to January 1868; member of the state senate in 1872 and 1873 and again in 1876 and 1877; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879 March 3, 1881); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress; unsuccessful candidate for Minnesota State Treasurer; served as mayor of Henderson for several terms; moved to Minneapolis in 1889 and engaged in the general merchandise and grain business; moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1895; died in Henderson, Minnesota, while on a visit; interment in Major James R. Browne’s Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Horace B. Strait
U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 2nd congressional district
1879 1881
Succeeded by
Horace B. Strait
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