Charles P. Snyder

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Charles P. Snyder

Charles Philip Snyder was a lawyer and Democratic politician from West Virginia. He was born on June 9, 1847 in Charleston, West Virginia in Kanawha County, which was then in Virginia. He served as a United States Representative in the 48th, 49th, and 50th United States Congresses. He died August 21, 1915. His son and namesake was United States Navy Admiral Charles P. Snyder.

After studying law, he was admitted to the bar and opened a practice. He became prosecuting attorney of Kanawha County and served from 1876 to 1884. He was elected in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John E. Kenna He won re-election to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses and served from May 15, 1883 to March 4, 1889. He served as a judge on the criminal court of Kanawha County from 1890 to 1896. He was named United States consul to Ciudad Porfirio Diaz, Mexico from 1897 to 1901. He died in Vineland, New Jersey in Cumberland County on August 21, 1915 and was buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Charleston, West Virginia.

His great-great-granddaughter is actress Elizabeth McGovern.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John E. Kenna
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 3rd congressional district

1883–1889
Succeeded by
John D. Alderson