Charles Ogle (politician)

Charles Ogle (1798 – May 10, 1841) was an Anti-Masonic and Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Charles Ogle
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From Volume II of 1903's The Twentieth Century Bench and Bar of Pennsylvania
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1837 – May 10, 1841
Preceded byJob Mann
Succeeded byHenry Black
Personal details
Somerset, Pennsylvania
DiedMay 10, 1841(1841-05-10) (aged 42–43)
Somerset, Pennsylvania
Resting placeUnion Cemetery
40°0′40″N 79°4′49″W / 40.01111°N 79.08028°W / 40.01111; -79.08028
Political partyAnti-Masonic, Whig
Spouse(s)eldest daughter of James Postlethwaite[1]
RelationsAlexander Ogle (father), Andrew Jackson Ogle (nephew)
Alma materWashington College
Occupationsolicitor, jurist, representative
CommitteesUnited States House Committee on Roads and Canals 4 March 1839 - 3 March 1841 (26th Congress)


Charles Ogle (second son of Alexander Ogle and uncle of Andrew Jackson Ogle) was born in Somerset, Pennsylvania, in 1798.[2] He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1822 and commenced practice in Somerset. He served on the Common Pleas Bench for Lancaster County.[3] He graduated from Washington College (now Washington & Jefferson College) in 1817.[4]

Political careerEdit

Ogle was elected as an Anti-Masonic candidate to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses. He was reelected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress and served until his death in Somerset in 1841. His "Gold Spoon Oration" (1840) mocked the supposed grandeur of President Martin Van Buren, contributing to the latter's loss to William Henry Harrison later that year.

He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Roads and Canals during the Twenty-sixth Congress,[5] but died in office of tuberculosis on 10 May 1841 in his home in Somerset, Pennsylvania.[6] He was buried in Union Cemetery in his hometown.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Albert, George Dallas (1976) [1882], "44", History of the county of Westmoreland, Pennsylvania: with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men (Reproduction by Unigraph, Inc., at behest of Westmoreland County Historical Society ed.), Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co., p. 351
  2. ^ History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania. Chicago: Waterman, Watkins & Co. 1884. p. 417.
  3. ^ "Charles Ogle, Esq.: The Governor has appointed the above named gentleman President Judge of the judicial district, composed of the county of Lancaster", The Star and Banner, Gettysburg, PA, p. 3, April 8, 1836
  4. ^ Washington And Jefferson College (Washington, Pa.); Eaton, Samuel John Mills (1889), Biographical and historical catalogue of Washington and Jefferson college: Containing a general catalogue of Jefferson college, and of Washington college, and of Washington and Jefferson college.
  5. ^ Charles Ogle at Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  6. ^ "Mortuary Notice", Sun (Massachusetts), p. 2, May 20, 1841
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by