Thursday, May 12, 2016

Birmingham Photo of the Day (46): Robert H. Henley, First Mayor

The rather dapper looking gentleman in the photograph below is identified here as "John Henley--First Mayor of Birmingham." However, BhamWiki and the Encyclopedia of Alabama identify the first mayor as Robert H. Henley and include the photo below. Appointed by Governor Robert Lindsay in 1871, lawyer and journalist Henley contracted tuberculosis in early 1872 and died in April 1873 at the age of 30. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. James Powell became the city's first elected Mayor in 1873. 

John Henley was a merchant and banker and considered one of Birmingham's founding fathers. 

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