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Who Was Benjamin Tyler Henry?

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Who Was Benjamin Tyler Henry?

~ by Kristin Alberts from Guns.com

The Henry name, synonymous at once with the advent of the first reliable lever action rifle as we know it, as well as the “load on Sunday, shoot all week long,” mantra, is known the world over for innovation, quality, and intrigue. Some 158 years since Benjamin Tyler Henry received the patent on his original .44 caliber repeating rifle, we are here with Henry Repeating Arms, a rebirth of the beloved old Henry name. Though we are familiar with today’s Henry name, quality, and customer service, what do we know about—and owe—to the man, BTH?

THE FAMILY

Born March 22, 1821 in Claremont, New Hampshire into one of the area’s most influential families, the young Benjamin Tyler Henry was destined for grandeur. His grandfather, Colonel Benjamin Tyler, came to Claremont from Connecticut in 1767—the current home of modern day Henry Repeating Arms-- to become the town’s first millwright, builder of multiple successful mills, and inventor of the wry-fly water wheel. That water power ingenuity led the town to prosperity. Another of the Colonel’s grandsons, James Tyler, further perfected his grandfather’s water wheel design, allowing tremendous textile and paper industry growth harnessing the power of the water, and ushering the town to prosperity through the Industrial Revolution. This industrious spirit was alive and well in young Benjamin Tyler, no stranger to the American way—hard work, dedication, and ingenuity leading to success. While he could have followed in the family footsteps, Benjamin Tyler Henry chose to pursue his passions for design and firearms, unknowingly creating an even larger and more lasting name for himself.

What do you think?

60 Comments
  • Tcfelty0862
    October 19, 2018

    A fantastic read. Makes me want to learn more.

  • WAW
    October 19, 2018

    Great reading!

  • jgoodwin.imvb
    October 19, 2018

    A fascinating historical look at the life and invention of Benjamin Tyler Henry. Thank you for this article.

  • Jdavis
    October 19, 2018

    Excellent – Love the history ! Connecting with the past ………..

  • paul.ozarowski
    October 19, 2018

    Great story, thanks for the read. Looking forward to learning more.

  • jpschmucker
    October 19, 2018

    Excellent informative article well worth reading.

  • eventemper
    October 19, 2018

    Great read. I really like learning about people in the past. I wish more people would learn from the past.

  • bctenfour
    October 19, 2018

    Great article, great guns
    Glad you’re there for us!

  • SCORPOX62
    October 19, 2018

    I’ve wanted a Henry rifle ever since I was a little boy watching old black and white Western movies! When a cowboy would say he load it in the morning and shoot all day! Or, load it on ‘Sunday and shoot all week!’ This was a fantastic read about the man and the legend! Thanks!

  • edwardrustyevans
    October 19, 2018

    Loved the history and the information contained in the articles.

  • hgshaw
    October 19, 2018

    Enjoy the history. Keep it up.

  • jarives
    October 19, 2018

    very good. Thank you for helping me understand more.

  • EDSASHA
    October 19, 2018

    have desired a Henry rifle for many years…. was wondering which Henry lever action would most resemble a Vietnam sniper 30 06 rifle? (it’d bolt action) was asking regarding caliber……maybe the 45? 44 mag?

  • RSVAWFA
    October 19, 2018

    Really enjoying this publication. American firearm history…,gotta love it! Many thanks,
    Rich Strauss
    Va.

  • jhlarson38
    October 19, 2018

    Good job, keep it up.

  • rdonald2
    October 19, 2018

    What a great series!!!! Thanks for so much valuable information & inspiration from the life of a real patriot, inventor and courageous man.

    Bob D., aka BigD

  • admin
    October 19, 2018

    Great history piece. Very well-written.

  • Jgirgenti711
    October 19, 2018

    Soon as I get the money I will get one of these beauty’s

  • pixieandjax31
    October 19, 2018

    That was very interesting to learn the history of the Henry.

  • mikezr1will
    October 19, 2018

    Henry rifles are great! They only have to get rid of the Gay tube feeder and put a gate loader on the side of the receiver.

  • alicatter
    October 19, 2018

    I like history, especially American history. This is a great read

  • cey59
    October 19, 2018

    I’d be curious to know if there are any Henry descendants left today and it’s a great story and a great company thank you

  • gbvoll1335
    October 19, 2018

    Very informative article, learned a lot

  • oldramsfan
    October 19, 2018

    Nice bio. Cool to read about the people who’s innovations made this great country what it is today !

  • dirk.crisman
    October 20, 2018

    Wow, I’m a history nut and that was a fascinating story. Look forward to digging in to more of the life of BTH.

  • kurtwilson1
    October 20, 2018

    Henry online is great. Reading about Henry rifles and the history behind the repeater and Henry company is like getting free history lessons! You have to love it. Patriots today have many things in common with our forefathers before us: Love of God, country, and freedom to choose worthwhile activities. The Henry repeater is cherished as much today as in years past. Continue the great newsletters and keep spreading the love of the great American outdoors. Respectfully, Kurt B. Wilson

  • Cartman1147
    October 20, 2018

    Very informative. It’s history at it’s best as it enlightens us about an early pioneer of the firearms industry.

  • eaelvis
    October 20, 2018

    Looks good from this end of the line. I would like to see Henry On the road and traveling to each state in the Union and meet the actual buyers of the Henry. I am sure we here in Stokes County , North Carolina can find you a local NRA approved range and at least 50 to 100 supporters of Henry to come to that gathering. Heck I might even make a batch of my Famous Amos BBQ Sauce to take back to Connecticut for you to share with your friends, Anthony.

  • henryorellana2
    October 20, 2018

    Me gustan mucho las armas como coleccionista y como mecánico armero trato siempre de aprender más acerca de como fueron concebidas estas para siempre estar al día .

  • j85vette
    October 20, 2018

    Love it. Enjoyed reading about the history.

  • robpal
    October 20, 2018

    Just love the stories and reading about the Henry rifle. I will be looking for more exciting history from your great on–line magazine. Thank you so much.

  • Cowchaintoo
    October 20, 2018

    WE LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT HISTORY EVERY DAY. VERY GOOD READ

  • stevieg125
    October 20, 2018

    Good article

  • djgresen
    October 20, 2018

    Great story!!

  • pipeman1941
    October 20, 2018

    Great magazine,fine and very informative articles. I’m hooked, can’t wait for more to be published.

  • tbucketpat
    October 20, 2018

    Absolutely I can’t think of having any other way. And God bless America

  • michaeltb71i14
    October 20, 2018

    Thanks for the history of the Henry

  • jonnancy
    October 20, 2018

    I have read and re-read this history several times and enjoy it every time. It makes me enjoy my Henry 1860 Original even more. What a joy to shoot!

  • davidjpraim
    October 20, 2018

    Great article

  • gregkamm22983
    October 20, 2018

    Good online magazine

  • jreed2
    October 20, 2018

    Very interesting on the life of Benjamin Tyler Henry. I always thought that Winchester was the one that was behind the inventing of the repeating /lever action rifle. But in reality it was BTH. This the reason I like my two (2) Henry Rifles even more!!! (22 Magnum & 177 HRM )

  • iram
    October 21, 2018

    🇺🇸 Or not made at all ! Great !

  • Dkclark90
    October 21, 2018

    Wonderful article with a lot of history on the Henry line. Making me want the 44 more than ever. So glad to have read this.

  • martinkorab
    October 22, 2018

    Anthony Imperato, you are a true patriot and a credit to all gun loving Americans. Thank you for a wonderful history lesson, Sincerely, Martin Korab

  • KB7MAD
    October 22, 2018

    I would like to see a better diagram of the lever mechanism. The tube in the stock provided in the patent diagram suggests the magazine used in the Spencer.

  • Sfclittle
    October 22, 2018

    Great read, reminded me of Tesla and Edison. Big money taking credit for others inspirations, thanks for the article.

  • Kdelder53
    October 22, 2018

    awesome

  • ebanks
    October 22, 2018

    My first deer hunting rifle was a family heirloom, 30-30 Winchester. model 94. In the late 1950’s, little did I know or understand the legacy of this rifle or the history of its development. As a high school social teacher and a love of the westward movement, the real history of the “Gun that won the West”, the history and lore of BT Henry was missed and should be a part of the curriculum. Gotta love history. Thank you for this posting.

  • pfeiferps
    October 22, 2018

    And that’s why I own a Henry Original Deluxe II. It’s “holding history in your hand.” Thanks Anthony for allowing us that opportunity. And but the way, my wife absolutely loves her Henry American Beauty.

  • STEPHENRNOLD
    October 23, 2018

    Would be interested to see the link from BTH to Mr. Imperato and how the patent rights were transferred. As I recall, Winchester marketed the early rifles as “Henry Rifles.” Thanks.

  • rcgc33of92.6
    October 23, 2018

    Henry! The world owes you a great deal of gratitude for for me the greatest lever action rifle on the planet. I love my golden boy military edition. And reading comments and History about people and places with the Henry so great so great. Thank you!

  • jpdjgable
    October 23, 2018

    I don’t own one yet, At 79 I still love to go to a nearby range to shoot a 22lr pistol that I have had for a long time. Hope get H001 soon, maybe when I reach 80.

    Thanks for keeping a great rifle alive keep up the good work.

  • hodge-lodge
    October 24, 2018

    Can’t hardly wait for the next issue. You have planted a seed in the American Spirit. Thank goodness for you. Keep up the fantastic work and craftmanship of America. Thank you. Roger

  • kekarelius
    October 25, 2018

    Henry Lever Action Rifle! Awesome!

  • guybert
    October 26, 2018

    Great read would like to learn more

  • thelower3rd
    October 28, 2018

    Wonderful article. Totally super rifles and wonderful company.

  • firefighter7852
    November 1, 2018

    I enjoyed reading about Mr. Henry and the family history. It was interesting to read of his involvement with Smith & Wesson, and Mr. Winchester working also for them. I have wanted one of his rifles for a long time, I would like to see them go back to the side loading design you see on shows like Bonanza. Would enjoy reading more in the future.

  • Desmodronic
    November 1, 2018

    I love finding out how some of these companies started,often wonder whether the founders knew how big they would get.