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LARRABEE, Charles Hathaway

1820–1883

Biography

LARRABEE, Charles Hathaway, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Rome, N.Y., November 9, 1820; moved with his father to Ohio; attended Granville College; studied engineering and law; was admitted to the bar in 1841 and commenced practice in Pontotoc, Miss.; moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1844 and continued the practice of law; city attorney in 1846 and 1847; moved to Horicon, Wis., in 1847 and practiced law; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1847; judge of the third judicial circuit and of the State supreme court 1848-1858; resigned; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1860 to the Thirty-seventh Congress; during the Civil War served in the Union Army from April 17, 1861, until his resignation in September 1863 and was promoted from lieutenant to colonel; moved to California in 1864 and practiced law in San Bernardino and also in Salem, Oreg., and Seattle, Wash.; was seriously injured in a railroad accident at Tehachapi, Calif., which resulted in his death in Los Angeles, Calif., on January 20, 1883; interment in the Masonic Cemetery, San Francisco, Calif.

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

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External Research Collections

Milwaukee Public Library

Milwaukee, WI
Papers: 1858-1865, 1 folder. The papers include biographical and autobiographical statements concerning Charles H. Larrabee.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: In the Alexander and John L. Mitchell Papers, 1859-1906, 0.4 cubic foot. Correspondents include Charles H. Larrabee.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Draper, Lyman C. "Sketch of Hon. Charles H. Larrabee." In Report and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Vol. 9. Madison: David Atwood, State Printer, 1882.

Marquette, Clare Leslie. "The Life and Letters of a Pontotoc Pioneer, Charles Hathaway Larrabee." Journal of Mississippi History 20 (April 1958): 77-98.

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