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James Pinckney Henderson, the new Senator from Texas, dies in Philadelphia before even taking his seat


James Pinckney Henderson, the newly elected Senator from the state, dies of tuberculosis in Philadelphia. He had traveled first to Cuba and then to Philadelphia for treatment before even taking up his duties in Washington and never took his seat. Henderson had become, in 1845, the first governor of Texas after it joined the Union. He was fifty years old at his death. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

Carl H. Moneyhon, "Henderson, James Pinckney," American National Biography Online, February 2000,