Henry B. Banning

Henry Blackstone Banning ( November 10, 1836 in Banning Mills, Knox County, Ohio, † December 10, 1881 in Cincinnati, Ohio ) was an American politician of the Liberal Republican Party and later the Democratic Party. March 4, 1873 to March 3, 1879, he was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 2nd Congressional District of the State of Ohio.


Banning was born in Banning Mills. He attended the schools of Clinton County, the Mount Vernon Academy and Kenyon College. He then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1857. He was henceforth active in Mount Vernon.

In April 1861, he entered the military service in the U.S. Army as a soldier. In June 1861 he was promoted to captain. Then he was from 10 June to 20 September 1862 as a colonel in the service. On October 4, 1862 he was honorably discharged from military service. On January 1, 1863, he re-entered into the military service and was also promoted to lieutenant colonel. At the end of military service, he was appointed brevet to Major General. January 21, 1865, he finally left the military service.

After his return home he was honored with an honorary various military ranks. Between 1866 and 1867 he gained his first political experience as a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio. 1872 Banning was then chosen as Liberalrepublikaner the U.S. House of Representatives. There he represented the 2nd District of Ohio from now on. The re-election succeeded twice, but as a member of the Democratic Party. From 1875 to his retirement in 1879 served as chairman of the Banning Committee on Military Affairs. In 1878 he was no longer prepared by his party for election. He retired back to Ohio, where he worked as a lawyer again.

Banning died on December 10, 1881 in Cincinnati. He was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery. From 1868, he was married to Ida Kirby and fathered her four children.