Senator Douglas Henry Jr.  (May 18, 1926 – March 5, 2017) 

 “One of the most fun calls I have been able to make as governor was a call in 2015 to Sen. Henry when we knew we would be able to put funding for the new state museum in the budget. Sen. Henry was a tireless champion of the museum, its mission and the importance of preserving Tennessee history for future generations. His dedication to the museum may only be surpassed by his commitment to the state’s financial strength.

“I was fortunate to be able to visit with Sen. Henry Friday, and I can attest that the state’s finances were still top of mind to him. He served the state for nearly 50 years, and it is not an exaggeration to say that he is one of the primary reasons the state is on such solid financial footing today. He was a powerhouse intellect, courteous, kind, genuine and a statesman, and I will miss knowing that his wisdom and perspective are only a phone call away.”

Gov. Bill Haslam


“Tennessee has lost a legendary statesman. The Douglas Henry State Museum Commission was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our namesake, Senator Douglas Selph Henry Jr. His immense contributions to the Tennessee State Museum have been long standing as has been his love for this great State’s history.

Our hearts are with the Henry family and all Tennesseans who are mourning the loss of an extraordinary leader.

Thomas S. Smith
Chair, Douglas Henry State Museum Commission

 

“Senator Douglas Selph Henry Jr. was the single longest serving member of the State Museum Foundation Board, whose departure marks the end of an extraordinary era in both Tennessee history and museum history. He was also the museum's most dedicated advocate and its single champion for the past four decades.

Our thoughts are with his family and with the thousands of constituents he so proudly served during his long and illustrious career, as well as the lengthy list of those who called him a gentleman and a friend.”

Dr. Paul McCombs
Chair, Tennessee State Museum Foundation

 

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Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
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Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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