Charles J. Boatner
Born in Columbia in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, Boatner completed preparatory studies and the law. He was admitted to the bar in 1870. He was a member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1876 until May 1878.
Boatner was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1895). Presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Fifty-fourth Congress but on March 20, 1896, the House declared the seat vacant, the election having been contested by Alexis Benoit.
Boatner was elected to fill the vacancy caused by the House declaring the seat vacant and served from June 10, 1896, to March 3, 1897. He declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1896. Instead he moved to New Orleans to resume the practice of law. He died there on March 21, 1903, and is interred at Monroe Cemetery, in Monroe, Louisiana.