Senator Henry Franklin Andrews View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 5/20/1919
Birth Place: Lovell, Maine
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 24 (1892) - 25 (1894)
Home County: Audubon
Henry Franklin Andrews
Audubon County


Senator Mantz, from a special committee, submitted the following report and moved its adoption:

MR. PRESIDENT—Your committee appointed to prepare resolutions commemorative of the life, character and public service of the Hon. Henry Franklin Andrews, late of Audubon county, Iowa, beg leave to report the following memorial:

Hon. Henry Franklin Andrews was born at Lovell, Maine, June 27, 1844, and died at his home at Exira, Iowa, May 20, 1919.

His family was of English origin and could be traced directly back to the Saxon ancestors living in Great Britain at a remote period. His ancestors came to New England at an early date and settled in the state of Maine, among a part of the pioneers of that section of the country.

Mr. Andrews had not the advantage of a college education, yet he was a man of wide reading and thoroughly informed and during his entire life was very active in all public affairs.

In 1862, when but a boy of 18, he enlisted as a volunteer in the Union cause and served under the flag until the end of the war, taking part in many of the important battles of the east.

During the war, the parents of Mr. Andrews moved to Audubon county, Iowa, where Mr. Andrews joined them in October, 1865. Soon after his arrival there, he began teaching school and served Audubon county during the years of 1867-8 as county recorder and in 1868 as county judge. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1870 and continued a member of the Audubon county bar down to the time of his death.

During his later life, he became afflicted with deafness and to such an extent that it seriously interfered with his active trial work. He then turned his attention largely to the compiling and writing of genealogies and family histories and was an author of a number of volumes of that·nature. A few years before his death, he compiled a history of Audubon county. This work is especially valuable because it deals with the early pioneer days of that county.

In politics, Mr. Andrews was a Republican, but in the matter of public affairs, he placed his state above his party. He held a number of public offices and during the years from 1892 to 1895 was state senator from the district comprised of Audubon, Dallas and Guthrie counties. He was active in legislation having for its purpose the advancement of the interest of the G. A. R. He held a number of important positions in that organization.

As a lawyer, he was able, industrious and was always faithful to the interest of his clients and his word was as good as his bond. He never swerved in his loyalty to them who trusted him with their business.

Mr. Andrews was married in 1871 to Jennie M. Norton of Oakfield, Iowa. Her death took place a few years prior to the death of her husband. Four children to this union survive, Charles F., Wallace P., John H., and Phillip S., all of Shoshoni, Wyoming.

As stated above, Mr. Andrews died on May 20, 1919 and on the 15th day of January, 1920, the Bar Association of Audubon county, Iowa, adopted a resolution, which, after reciting the family and public history of the life of Senator Andrews, concludes as follows:

“Now, be it resolved, by the members of the bar of Audubon county, Iowa, assembled in memory of our deceased friend and colleague, Henry Franklin Andrews, that we deem it proper to publicly express our appreciation of his admirable qualities as a lawyer and as a citizen and that it is but a just tribute to the memory of the departed to say, that in regretting his removal from our midst, we mourn for one who was, in every way, worthy of our respect and regard, and

Be it further resolved that, the court so ordering, this obituary and resolution be spread upon the records of this court.”

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Thirty-ninth General Assembly of Iowa, that in the death of the Honorable Henry Franklin Andrews, the state and community where he lived, have suffered the loss of an influential and honorable citizen; and

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the journal of the Senate and that the secretary be directed to send an engrossed copy thereof to the sons of the deceased.




The resolution was adopted unanimously by a rising vote.