TOWNSEND, Charles Elroy

1856–1924

Biography

TOWNSEND, Charles Elroy, a Representative and a Senator from Michigan; born near Concord, Jackson County, Mich., August 15, 1856; attended the common schools in Concord and Jackson and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; taught school at Concord 1881-1886; register of deeds 1886-1897; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1895 and commenced the practice of his profession in Jackson, Mich.; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1911); elected to the United States Senate in 1910; reelected in 1916 and served from March 4, 1911, to March 3, 1923; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922; chairman, Committee on Coast and Insular Survey (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Expenditures in the War Department (Sixty-fifth Congress), Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses); appointed in 1923 as a member of the International Joint Commission created to regulate the use of the boundary waters between the United States and Canada, in which capacity he served until his death in Jackson, Mich., August 3, 1924; interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, Concord, Mich.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Michigan State University
University Archives and Historical Collections

East Lansing, MI
Papers: 1 letter (1912) in the Ransom Olds papers; and 2 letters (1912) in the James Thompson correspondence.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1905-1922. 1 linear foot. Newspaper clippings (1905-1909 and 1921-1922) concerning his political activities in Congress, copies of legislation, and photographs.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Shirley Wheeler Smith papers, 1881-1959; William Walter Wedemeyer papers, 1890-1913; Chase Salmon Osborn papers, 1889-1949; Jesse Siddall Reeves papers, 1853-1942; Walter H. Sawyer papers, 1901-1931; James Orin Murfin papers, 1896-1940; Earl C. Michener papers, 1898-1934; Frank Thomas Newton papers, 1900-1931; Henry Wirt Newkirk papers, 1893-1931; Civic Improvement Society of Monroe records, 1902-1924; William Butts Mershon papers, 1848-1943; Henry Carter Adams papers, 1864-1924; Ernest James McCall papers, 1897-1900 and 1918-1950; Harry Burns Hutchins papers, 1879-1930; Edward Henry Kraus papers, 1910-1956; Lucius Lee Hubbard papers, 1871-1935; William Herbert Hobbs papers, 1905-1950; Detroit News, Isle Royale papers, 1885-1955; Roy Dikeman Chapin papers, 1886-1937; Albert Joseph Engel papers, 1911-1959; Benjamin Sawtell Hanchett papers, 1888-1958; John J. Carton papers, 1883-1921; Marshall L. Cook papers, 1880-1945; Fred Dustin papers, 1886-1957; Marion LeRoy Burton papers, 1901-1925; Junius Emery Beal papers, 1882-1936; and Herbert F. Baker papers, 1904-1926.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Schlup, Leonard. "Party Loyalist: Charles E. Townsend and the Presidential Election of 1912." Research Journal of Philosophy & Social Sciences (1992): 61-70.

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