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Butler County >> 1883 Index

History of Butler and Bremer Counties, Iowa
Springfield: Union Publishing Company, 1883.


Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

H. H. Gray was born on the 22d of November, 1842, at Marion, in the Territory of Iowa, a son of Thomas and Pricilla Moore Gray, who was a farmer in Linn county, Iowa, his father a native of Pennsylvania and his mother of Kentucky. His father died in 1842 and his mother in 1852, leaving two children. Thomas is in the hardware business at Shellsburg, Ia., and Henry Harrison, who is the subject of this sketch. Henry H. received his education at Cornell College, at Mount Vernon, Iowa; enlisted in Company K, of the Ninth Iowa Infantry, serving as private for six months, when he was promoted to Quartermaster's Sergeant. Two years later he received his commission as Quartermaster and served as such until discharged at Louisville, Ky., in July, 1865. He took an active part in the battle at Pea Ridge. Upon returning from the army he commenced reading law, entered the Law School at Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1867, where he took one term, returned to Linn county and was admitted to the Bar at Marion, Ia., in 1866. He practiced at Cedar Rapids one year, coming to Waverly in 1869, where he has been engaged in the practice of law ever since. First forming a partnership with O. F. Avery and after the death of his partner in 1870, formed a partnership with M. B. Dougherty, under the firm name of Gray, Dougherty & Gibson, from 1873 to 1881, when Mr. Gibson went out of the firm, leaving Gray & Dougherty, who dissolved March, 1883. He is a republican in politics, and acted as Chairman of the County Republican Committee several years and held the office of Mayor of Waverly one term. He is a member of Tyrell Lodge, No. 116, A. F. and A. M.; he is also a member of the A. O. U. W. In 1870 he was married to Miss Marie E. Matthews, daughter of John and Anna Spencer Matthews, of Jackson county, Iowa. By this union there are two children, both living - Alice Maud, born Nov. 22, 1873, and Harry William, born Feb. 25, 1879.