Henry Hosford Gurley

Henry Hosford Gurley ( born May 20, 1788 in Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut, † March 16, 1833 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana ) was an American politician. Between 1823 and 1831 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


After primary school, Henry Gurley attended 1805-1808 The Williams College in Williamstown (Massachusetts ). After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he started in Baton Rouge to work in his new profession. At the same time he began in the early 1820s a political career. He stood in opposition to the future President Andrew Jackson and was a supporter of President John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay. Therefore, he became a member of the National Republican Party, from 1835, the Whig Party was formed.

In the congressional elections of 1822 Gurley was in the then newly created second electoral district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on March 4, 1823. After three re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1831 that four contiguous legislatures. From 1829 to 1831 he was chairman of the committee which dealt with private land claims. During his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, there was heated discussion between supporters of his group and those of Andrew Jackson. After his inauguration as seventh U.S. president has been discussed both within and outside the Congress on its policy. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Henry Gurley worked until his death on 16 March 1833 as judge in Baton Rouge district.