The needs of our great city of Columbia must come before the desires of any foreigner, whether they be enemy or friend. For I have looked into the future and one path is filled with amity and gold, and the other is fraught with the perils of a hostile and alien world.
― Saltonstall's speech[1]

Henry Saltonstall[2] is an elderly politician in Columbia, and is a member of the Founders political faction.

BioShock Infinite
Gamescom 2010 Gameplay Trailer

Judging by the posters found around Columbia, he is running for councilman of Ward 6. He wears a blue sport coat and red and white vertically striped pants, similar in style to that of Uncle Sam.[3] He sports a friendly mutton chop[4] mustache and carries a small badge with the colors of the American flag. He appears to be insane as he is found speaking to a crowd of empty chairs about the "importance of preserving the purity of Columbia." However, when the protagonist grabs a weapon, it's clear that Saltonstall is more than he appears, as his eyes, face, and voice undergo an inhuman change while his promotional button shifts into a symbol emblazoned with the Soviet hammer and sickle; this dramatic shift may have been an early example (or proto-form) of a Tear. A moment afterward, he calls Charles to attack Booker and use Murder of Crows upon him. After DeWitt kills Charles, Saltonstall utilizes a Sky-Hook on the Sky-Line to escape from him. The player sees Saltonstall enter a cannon across the city, where he opens fire upon DeWitt. DeWitt then ziplines down to the cannon, momentarily hiding in a bar, before coming back out, and destroying the cannon that Saltonstall had entered, presumably killing him.

BioShock InfiniteEdit

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He was cut along with Charles from the final/retail game. He is still mentioned by one of Columbia's citizens, as one of the Founders' major politicians. The scalp of Saltonstall can be found nailed to a board in Port Prosperity of Emporia, hung with other Founder leaders with their names carved above, showing he was killed by the Vox Populi during their uprising.


Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Paul Presley designed a stack of 5$ bills, which did not make it into the final version of the game. The bills depict the portrait of Saltonstall.[5]
  • Saltonstall's scalp in Emporia has brown hair while he is depicted as balding white in the gameplay demo. This may simply be a retcon, a design overlook, or possibly someone else's scalp.


  1. "Columbia: A City Divided" article by Matt Bertz at
  2. Saltonstall's leader card in BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia
  3. Uncle Sam on Wikipedia
  4. Sideburns on Wikipedia
  5. Paul Presley's Portfolio