Charles A. Eldredge

Charles Augustus Eldredge (February 27, 1820 – October 26, 1896) was an American lawyer and Democratic politician. He served six terms in the United States House of Representatives (1863–1875), representing eastern Wisconsin.

Charles A. Eldredge
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded byPhiletus Sawyer
Succeeded bySamuel D. Burchard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1873
Preceded byDistrict established
Succeeded byAlexander Mitchell
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 20th district
In office
January 2, 1854 – January 7, 1856
Preceded byBertine Pinckney
Succeeded byEdward Pier
Personal details
BornFebruary 27, 1820
Bridport, Vermont
DiedOctober 26, 1896(1896-10-26) (aged 76)
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
OccupationLawyer

BiographyEdit

Born in 1820 in Bridport, Vermont, Eldredge moved with his parents to Canton, New York, in 1825. He attended common schools there and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1846 and established a practice in Canton. In 1848, he moved to the new state of Wisconsin, settling at Fond du Lac, where he resumed his legal practice. From Fond du Lac County, he was elected as a Democrat to the Wisconsin State Senate for the 1854 and 1855 sessions.

In 1862, after Wisconsin's congressional delegation was expanded from three seats to six, Eldredge was elected to the 38th United States Congress as the first representative of Wisconsin's 4th congressional district, which at the time comprised the counties of Ozaukee, Washington, Dodge, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan. In the midst of the American Civil War, he ran as an anti-war Democrat and defeated War Democrat Edward S. Bragg. Bragg engaged in a years-long feud with Eldredge and challenged him in several Democratic nominating conventions.[1] Nevertheless, Eldredge was able to win reelection four times in the 4th congressional district, and won a sixth term in the 5th congressional district after redistricting. In 1874, however, Bragg was able to win enough delegates to prevent Eldredge from being renominated for a seventh term, though Bragg did not benefit, as the nomination instead went to Samuel D. Burchard.[2][3] Eldredge left office in March 1875 after twelve years in Congress.

He resumed the practice of law.

He died in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, October 26, 1896, and was interred at Fond du Lac's Rienzi Cemetery.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A Family Quarrel". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison, Wisconsin. October 22, 1873. p. 1. Retrieved July 14, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Congressional Nominations". The Wisconsin State Register. Portage, Wisconsin. September 19, 1874. p. 2. Retrieved July 14, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Burchard Nominated". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison, Wisconsin. September 25, 1874. p. 1. Retrieved July 14, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.

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Wisconsin Senate
Preceded by Member of the Wisconsin Senate from the 20th district
January 2, 1854 – January 7, 1856
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1873
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Succeeded by