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Henry B. PAYNE
United States Senator from Ohio
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Born in Hamilton, Madison County, New York, Payne attended Hamilton College. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio by 1834. He studied law under Sherlock J. Andrews. He commenced the practice of law. He formed a partnership with Hiram V. Willson. Presidential elector in 1848 for Cass/Butler. A member of the Ohio Senate from 1849 to 1851, Payne ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 1851 and for Governor of Ohio in 1857. He served a single term in the House from 1875 to 1877, representing the 20th District, based in Cleveland. Payne served on the 1876 Electoral Commission on the disputed presidential election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden. Payne ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1880 and 1884, but won election in 1884 to the Senate. He served a single term and did not seek a second term.