TRAIN, Charles Russell

1817–1885

Biography

TRAIN, Charles Russell, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Framingham, Mass., October 18, 1817; attended the common schools, Framingham Academy, and was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1837; studied law at Harvard University; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Framingham, Mass., in 1841; member of the State house of representatives in 1847 and 1848; district attorney 1848-1854; declined the appointment of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1852; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1853; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1856 and 1864; member of the Governor's council in 1857 and 1858; elected as Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1862; one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1862 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against West H. Humphreys, United States judge for the several districts of Tennessee; during the Civil War served in the Union Army as a volunteer aide-de-camp to General McClellan; moved to Boston, Mass.; again served in the State house of representatives 1868-1871; attorney general of Massachusetts 1871-1878; resumed the practice of law; died while on a visit in Conway, Carroll County, N.H., July 28, 1885; interment in Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham, Mass.

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External Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL
Papers: In the Military Officer Correspondence, 1855-1892, 11 items. Correspondents include Charles R. Train.

Boston Athenaeum

Boston, MA
Papers: In the Henry Grafton Clark Papers, 1816-1899, approximately 140 items. Other authors include Charles Russell Train.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Lorenzo Sabine Letters, 1850, 4 items. Correspondents include Charles Russell Train.

University of Chicago
Special Collections Research Center

Chicago, IL
Papers: 1868, 1 item. A letter from Josiah Gardner Abbott to William H. Seward written on January 9, 1868. In the letter, Josiah Abbott endorses the appointment of Joseph Warren Mansur of Massachusetts as judge in the new territory of Alaska. The letter is countersigned by Charles Russell Train.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Train, Charles Russell. Precedents of indictments and special pleas. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1855.

------. Speech of Hon. Charles R. Train, of Massachusetts, on the heresy of the doctrine of state rights. [Washington: L. Towers & Co., printers, 1862.]

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