Henry Riggs Rathbone
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Illinois's at-large district
March 4, 1923 – July 15, 1928
|Winnifred Sprague Mason Huck|
|Ruth Hanna McCormick|
|Born||February 12, 1870|
|Died||July 15, 1928 (aged 58)|
Rathbone was born in Washington, D.C., to Brevet Colonel Henry Reed Rathbone and Clara Rathbone née Harris; while engaged, the couple had been guests in the presidential box when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865. He moved to Hanover, Germany, with his family in 1882 when his father was appointed consul to Hanover. The next year, his father murdered his mother and tried to kill himself, then was admitted to an asylum for the criminally insane in Hildesheim; Henry and his siblings were returned to the United States to be raised by their uncle, William Harris.
Rathbone later became involved in politics. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1916 which nominated Charles Evans Hughes for the presidency. He was elected as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1922, and served from 1923 until his death in 1928. Rathbone served one year as President of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC until his death in 1928. He was interred in Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago.