Dr. Henry Meritt Stenhouse was born in Colorado on December 7, 1889 and died in Goldsboro, North Carolina on March 28, 1995. His father was James Stenhouse and his mother was Minnie G. Stenhouse. He married Mary Cleaves Daniels in 1919 and had five children, Carolyn Stenhouse Lewis, Marjorie Stenhouse Smith, Henry Merritt Stenhouse, George Daniels Stenhouse, and Mary Cleaves Stenhouse Smith. He met his wife in Newport News, Virginia when she christened the USS
Clemson in 1918.
He graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School in 1913. He was the first M.D. graduate at the University of Colorado commissioned in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. He graduated from the U.S. Navy Medical School in 1915. He also became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1923. He served as a Naval Doctor ranked as Commander in World War I and World War II. While in China, he served on the USS
Monocacy and USS
After his service, he became an ophthalmologist and wrote a biography about himself called
Gambei. In 1990, he decided to run for congress in North Carolina when his driver’s license could no longer be renewed due to poor eye sight. He was considered to be a part of the Republican Party. For his platform, he considered himself against foreign aid, the welfare system, federal income tax, seat belt laws, AIDS research, and the popular music that was playing at the time. His opponents for the Republican nomination were William Kenneth Brosman and Don Davis. Don Davis won and ran against the democrat, Rep. H. Martin Lancaster.
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