~ 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?
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.