Henson P. Barnes, politician, Died at 81

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Henson Perrymoore Barnes was born on November 18, 1934, and died on November 22, 2015.

He was an American politician, businessman, and a lawyer.

Henson served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1975 to 1977, and as a member of the North Carolina Senate from 1977 to 1992.

In his last two terms in the Senate (1989 to 1992), Barnes served as President pro tempore.

Under Henson, that position’s power increased at the expense of the Lieutenant Governor, who holds the title of President of the Senate.

Shortly after his retirement from the Senate, Henson published a history of the legislature, A Work in Progress: The North Carolina General Assembly (1993).

Following service in the United States Army, Henson was educated at Wilmington College (now UNC-Wilmington) for two years before earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and juris doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Henson practiced law in Goldsboro, North Carolina from 1961 until 1997.

He once served as chairman of the Wayne County Democratic Party.

After retiring from the senate, Henson moved to White Lake, North Carolina where he continued to live and operate the family blueberry farm.

Henson Barnes passed away on November 22, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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