Early life[edit | edit source]
Henry L. Cake was born near Northumberland, Pennsylvania. He attended the common and private schools. He learned the art of printing, and published the Pottsville Mining Record until the American Civil War.
Civil War service[edit | edit source]
He entered the Union Army on April 17, 1861, as a second lieutenant, and was elected colonel of the Twenty-fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, in Washington, D.C., on May 1, 1861. He reorganized the regiment after three months’ service. He commanded the Ninety-sixth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, from September 23, 1861, to March 12, 1863, when he resigned and settled in Tamaqua, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He was engaged in the mining and shipping of anthracite coal.
United States House of Representatives[edit | edit source]
Cake was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth and Forty-first Congresses. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Accounts during the Forty-first Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1870. He resumed the mining and shipping of coal, and died in Northumberland, Pennsylvania, in 1899. Interment in Riverview Cemetery.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Henry L. Cake at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-02-14
- The Political Graveyard
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