Glen was born on July 13, 1739 in Schenectady,
New York. He was the son of Albany residents Jacob Glen
and Elizabeth Cuyler. In December 1762 he married Elizabeth
Visscher of Schenectady and by 1785 their marriage produced
seven children who were baptized in the Dutch churches
of Albany and Schenectady where their parents were members.
Henry Glen is best known for service to
the Patriot cause during the American Revolution. In 1775,
he was elected to represent Schenectady on the Albany
County Committee of Correspondence. He held militia commissions
and was sometimes called "Colonel." His principal
contribution was in the Quartermaster Department where
he served as Assistant Deputy QMG and was headquartered
in Schenectady. Glen was associated with George Washington
and accompanied the future president on his tour of the
Mohawk Valley in 1783.
Henry Glen held a number of public offices
over a long career. He was appointed "town clerk"
for Schenectady in 1767. He was elected to represent Albany
County in the first three Provincial Congresses in 1775
and 1776. After the war, he was elected to the New York
State Assembly for Albany County in 1786 and for new Schenectady
County in 1810. He was elected to the United States House
of Representatives in 1793, 1795, 1797, and 1799. During
the Revolution, he also served as an Indian Commissioner.
Revolutionary stalwart Henry Glen died
in Schenectady on January 6, 1814 at the age of seventy-five.
Note: Death notice for Glen was published
in The Troy Post on
February 1, 1814.