POSTON, Charles Debrille

1825–1902

Biography

POSTON, Charles Debrille, a Delegate from the Territory of Arizona; born near Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Ky., April 20, 1825; attended the public schools; clerk in the county clerk's office; clerk of the supreme court at Nashville, Tenn.; moved to California in 1850 and settled in San Francisco; clerk in the customhouse at San Francisco 1850-1853; moved to Arizona in 1854 and became interested in silver mining; appointed by President Lincoln superintendent of Indian affairs in 1863 and was civilian aide to General Heintzelman the same year; when Arizona Territory was formed was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth Congress and served from December 5, 1864, to March 3, 1865; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced the practice of his profession in Washington, D.C.; appointed by President Hayes register of the United States land office at Florence, Ariz., in 1878; consular agent at El Paso, Tex., in 1890; died in Phoenix, Ariz., June 24, 1902; interment in Arizona Cemetery; reinterment under a rock cairn erected by the State of Arizona at the summit of Poston Butte, overlooking the town of Florence, Ariz., April 26, 1925.

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

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External Research Collections

Arizona Historical Society

Tucson, AZ
Papers: 2 boxes. Correspondence concerning his biography, land records, and newspaper articles.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Goff, John S. Charles D. Poston. Cave Creek, AZ: Black Mountain Press, 1995.

Gressinger, A. W. Charles D. Poston, Sunland Seer. Globe, Ariz.: D. S. King, 1961.

Poston, Charles Debrille. Apache-land. San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft & Company, printers, 1878.

___. Speech of Hon. Charles D. Poston, of Arizona, on Indian affairs. Delivered in the House of Representatives, Thursday, March 2, 1865. New York: E. Jones & Co., printers, 1865.

Poston, Lawrence, III, ed. "Poston vs. Goodwin: A Document on the Congressional Election of 1865." Arizona and the West 3 (Winter 1961): 351-54.

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