Charles N. Fowler

Charles Newell Fowler Sr. (November 2, 1852, Lena, Illinois – May 27, 1932, Orange, New Jersey) was an American Republican Party politician who represented New Jersey's 8th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1895 to 1903, and the 5th district from 1903 to 1911.[1]

Charles N. Fowler
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1911
Preceded byJames F. Stewart
Succeeded byWilliam E. Tuttle Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byJohn T. Dunn
Succeeded byWilliam H. Wiley
Personal details
Born(1852-11-02)November 2, 1852
Lena, Illinois
DiedMay 27, 1932(1932-05-27) (aged 79)
Orange, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican


Fowler was born in Lena, Illinois on November 2, 1852. He attended the public schools in Lena and Beloit College. He graduated from Yale College in 1876 where he was a member of Skull and Bones.[1][2]:35 He then attended the University of Chicago Law School and graduated in 1878. He was admitted to the bar in 1878 and commenced the practice of law in Beloit, Kansas. Fowler moved to Cranford, New Jersey in 1883 and to Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1891 and engaged in banking, serving as president of a mortgage company.

Fowler was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the seven succeeding Congresses, serving in office from March 4, 1895 to March 3, 1911. He was chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency (Fifty-seventh through Sixtieth Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination for election to the United States Senate in 1910.

Fowler was a member of the Republican State committee from 1898 to 1907. After leaving Congress, he resumed banking activities at Elizabeth. He also engaged in literary pursuits and operated a group of marble quarries in Vermont. In 1930, he moved to Orange, New Jersey, where he died on May 27, 1932.[1] He was interred in Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey.

His home in Elizabeth is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


  1. ^ a b c "C. N. Fowler Dies. Ex-Representative. Was Republican Congressman From New Jersey for 16 Years Ending in 1911. Banking Committee Head. Began Life on an Illinois Farm. Was Member of Yale Varsity Crew and Skull and Bones Society". The New York Times. May 28, 1932. Retrieved 2014-02-27. Charles Newell Fowler, Republican Representative in Congress from New Jersey ... A son, Charles N. Fowler Jr., two grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren, survive.
  2. ^ "Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University, Deceased during the Year 1931-1932" (PDF). Yale University. 15 October 1932. Retrieved March 26, 2011.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John T. Dunn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1903
Succeeded by
William H. Wiley
Preceded by
James F. Stewart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1911
Succeeded by
William E. Tuttle Jr.