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Henderson, Paul

William M. Leary

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Henderson, Paul (13 March 1884–19 December 1951), airline executive, was born in Lyndon, Kansas, the son of Clark Ebenezer Henderson and Flora Anne Waddle (occupations unknown). Henderson grew up in Chicago. Following his graduation from South Division High School, he worked as a salesman in Chicago for the Turner Brass Works and, later, for the Olds Motor Works of Detroit. In 1907 he joined the Western Stone Company of Lamont, Illinois. Over the next ten years he rose from salesman to general manager to president of Western Stone, one of the world’s largest producers of building stone. In 1910 Henderson married Mabel Madden, his high school sweetheart and the daughter of Martin B. Madden; the marriage produced five children. Henderson’s father-in-law, who had preceded him as president of Western Stone, was a U.S. congressman and the powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Henderson joined the army in 1917 and served in France as an ordnance officer. Discharged as a major in 1919, he remained in the army—later, Air Service—reserves and reached the rank of colonel. He favored the military title in his civilian career....

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