CURRY, Charles Forrest

1858–1930

Biography

CURRY, Charles Forrest, (father of Charles Forrest Curry, Jr.), a Representative from California; born in Naperville, Du Page County, Ill., March 14, 1858; attended the common schools and the Episcopal Academy, Mineral Point, Wis.; studied one year at the University of Washington at Seattle, and also was educated by a private tutor; moved with his parents to Seattle, Wash., in 1872, and thence to San Francisco, Calif., in 1873; engaged in agricultural pursuits and the cattle, lumber, and mining businesses; member of the State assembly in 1887 and 1888; was admitted to the bar of San Francisco in 1888; superintendent of Station B post office, San Francisco, 1890-1894; clerk of San Francisco city and county 1894-1898; secretary of state of California 1899-1910; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor in 1910; appointed building and loan commissioner of California in 1911; representative to the Panama Pacific International Exposition for the Pacific Coast and Intermountain States in 1911; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-third and to the eight succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1913, until his death in Washington, D.C., October 10, 1930; chairman, Committee on Territories (Sixty-sixth through Seventy-first Congresses); interment in Abbey Mausoleum (near Arlington National Cemetery), Arlington, Va; reinterment in National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Va.

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

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External Research Collections

California State Library
California History Room

Sacramento, CA
Papers: In the John Stanton Political Campaign Collection, 1860-2007, 70 manuscript boxes. Persons represented include Charles Forrest Curry.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Curry, Charles Forrest. Alien land laws and alien rights. Paper presented by Charles F. Curry, Member of Congress third California district on Antialien land laws of the several states and territories and of the United States, of Japan and other countries; a discussion of their legality and propriety, and a summary and discussion of the rights of aliens. Washington: Government Printing Office., 1921.

------. The estate or inheritance tax and the wine tax. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1916.

United States. 71st Cong., 3d sess., 1930-1931. House. Memorial services held in the House of Representatives of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of Charles F. Curry, late a Representative from California. Seventy-first Congress, third session. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1931.

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