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Charles Arnette Towne (November 21, 1858 – October 22, 1928) was an American politician.

Charles Arnette Towne
Charles Arnette Towne circa 1920.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1905 - March 3, 1907
Preceded byIra E. Rider
Succeeded byWilliam Willett, Jr.
United States Senator
from Minnesota
In office
December 5, 1900 – January 28, 1901
Preceded byCushman Davis
Succeeded byMoses E. Clapp
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1895 - March 3, 1897
Preceded byMelvin Baldwin
Succeeded byRobert P. Morris
Personal details
Born(1858-11-21)November 21, 1858
DiedOctober 22, 1928(1928-10-22) (aged 69)
Other political
Republican, then Democratic


Born near Pontiac, Michigan, he graduated from the University of Michigan and served in the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota as a Republican in the 54th congress and from New York as a Democrat in the 59th congress.

Towne also served in the United States Senate in the 56th congress, from Minnesota as a Democrat following the death of Cushman K. Davis. Towne was appointed to the Senate to fill the vacancy, and served from December 5, 1900, to January 28, 1901, when the elected replacement took office.

Towne represented Minnesota in the House from March 4, 1895, to March 3, 1897. He ran for reelection in 1896 as an Independent and lost. In 1900, he declined the nomination for Vice President on the People's Party ticket.

He served again in the United States House of Representatives for the state of New York from March 4, 1905, to March 3, 1907. In December 1915 he and Benjamin F. Spellman represented L. Lawrence Weber as the appellant before the Supreme Court of the United States in the Weber v. Freed case concerning boxing match film distribution. The appeal was denied.

He died on October 22, 1928.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Charles A. Towne (id: T000324)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Charles A. Towne at Find a Grave
  • OurCampaigns biography
  • "Weber v. Freed"
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Melvin Baldwin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert P. Morris
Preceded by
Ira E. Rider
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
William Willett, Jr.
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Cushman Davis
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Minnesota
Served alongside: Knute Nelson
Succeeded by
Moses E. Clapp