Charles B. Farwell

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Charles B. Farwell
United States Senator
from Illinois
In office
January 19, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Serving with Shelby M. Cullom
Preceded by John A. Logan
Succeeded by John M. Palmer
Personal details
Born Charles Benjamin Farwell
July 1, 1823
Painted Post, New York
Died September 23, 1903 (aged 80)
Lake Forest, Illinois
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Eveline Smith
Alma mater Elmira Academy

Charles Benjamin Farwell (July 1, 1823 – September 23, 1903) was a U.S. Representative and Senator from Illinois.

Life and career[edit]

Farwell was born in Painted Post, New York and attended Elmira Academy before moving to Illinois in 1838. He first tried his hand at surveying and farming before moving to Chicago in 1844, when he went into banking. From 1853-1861, he served as the Clerk of Cook County. He served in the House of Representatives from 1871 to 1876. In that year the Democrat controlled congress accepted John V. Le Moyne's challenge to Farwell's election and removed Farwell from office. Farwell declined to run again at the time of the general election latter on in 1876. In 1880, he was elected to another term in congress. Upon the death of John A. Logan in 1887, Farwell was elected to serve out Logan's term in the U.S. Senate, but refused to run for re-election to a full term.

In 1876, at his wife's urging, Farwell underwrote the construction of College Hall, North Hall and a gymnasium at Lake Forest College. The couple also donated additional land to the college which had been struggling since the end of the Civil War.[1] Part of their philanthropy was to ensure a co-ed liberal arts college near home for their daughter, Anna, who graduated from Lake Forest College in 1880. Anna later married the composer Reginald de Koven, and became a successful socialite, novelist and amateur historian. His daughter Rose was married to Hobart Chatfield-Taylor.[2]


  1. ^ Ebner, Michael H. (Summer 2007), "North Shore Town and Gown", Chicago History: 6 
  2. ^ Bluff's Edge Estate

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Norman B. Judd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
John Blake Rice
Preceded by
Horatio C. Burchard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
John V. Le Moyne
Preceded by
Hiram Barber, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
George R. Davis
United States Senate
Preceded by
John A. Logan
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Illinois
Served alongside: Shelby M. Cullom
Succeeded by
John M. Palmer