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Council in Russell County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Helen Timmons Henderson

(1877–1925)

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2017
1. Helen Timmons Henderson Marker
Inscription. Helen Timmons Henderson, born in Missouri and raised in Tennessee, was one of the first two women elected to Virginia’s General Assembly. She and her husband moved to Council in 1911 when the Baptist State Mission Board of Virginia recruited them to oversee the new Buchanan Mission School. Local Democratic Party officials encouraged Henderson to run for the House of Delegates, and she was elected in Nov. 1923 to represent Buchanan and Russell Counties. An advocate for education and road improvements, she was renominated in 1925 but died before the fall election. Her daughter, Helen Ruth Henderson won the seat in 1927.
 
Erected 2010 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number XB-26.)
 
Location. 37° 4.469′ N, 82° 3.595′ W. Marker is in Council, Virginia, in Russell County. Marker is on Virginia Route 80 just west of County Route 620, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Honaker VA 24260, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buchanan County / Russell County (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Home and Grave of David Musick (approx. 3.9 miles
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By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2017
2. Helen Timmons Henderson Marker
away); Russell Courthouse (approx. 12 miles away); Glade Hollow Fort (approx. 12.8 miles away); Frances Dickenson Scott Johnson (approx. 14 miles away); Jessee’s Mill (approx. 14.2 miles away); Grundy (approx. 14.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Helen Timmons Henderson. “Of her role in Richmond, Henderson said: ‘I’m not in the Legislature for publicity. It’s simply a question of public service with me, and a duty I owe to the people back in those counties which have elected me.’ While in the General Assembly Henderson gained a reputation as an advocate for the interests of southwest Virginia, calling for more funding for roads and schools. She was the first woman to preside over the Assembly, and sat on four Committees: Roads and Internal Navigation; Counties, Cities, and Towns; Moral and Social Welfare; and Executive Expenditures. Her health, however, had begun to fail in the spring of 1925, and she returned to her parents’ home in Jefferson City; she died there in July, without the chance to run for reelection, although she had been unanimously renominated.[1] At her death governor E. Lee Trinkle praised her ‘many virtues, clear vision and noble aspirations,’ and ordered flags at the capitol building to be flown at half-staff in her honor.” (Submitted on July 2, 2017.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 2, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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