Monday, December 11, 2006
Oregon Republican League: Elder Photos
Oregon Republican League:Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 30.
FAILING, HENRY, of Portland, was born in New York City, January 17, 1834. At the age of twelve he entered a store in that city and received a good business education. In 1851 he accompanied his father, Josiah Failing, to Portland, where the firm of J. Failing & Co. was established. The senior member retired in 1864, and Henry conducted the business alone till 1871, when he formed with Henry W. Corbett the firm of Corbett, Failing & Co. In 1869 these two gentlemen purchased a controlling interest in the First National Bank, and have managed its affairs ever since. Its stock has been increased to $500,000, and it stands at the head of the financial institutions of the Pacific Northwest. He has been a promoter of some of the leading industries of this section. Mr. Failing has always been an earnest Republican, and was chairman of the Republican state central committee in 1860 to 1862. In 1864 he was elected Mayor of Portland, and again in 1875. He has attended conventions frequently, though not as an office-seeker. His name has been frequently mentioned in connection with Senatorial honors, and at one time quite prominently as a possible secretary of the treasury in President Harrison’s cabinet. In 1876 he received the appointment as one of the ten United States commissioners to the World’s Fair at Paris, but was impelled by business reasons to decline.