Charles Townsend (Ohio politician)
|22nd Ohio Secretary of State|
January 10, 1881 – January 8, 1883
|Preceded by||Milton Barnes|
|Succeeded by||James W. Newman|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Athens County district
January 7, 1878 – January 9, 1881
|Preceded by||Charles H. Grosvenor|
|Succeeded by||Charles L. Kurtz|
|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 9th district
January 2, 1888 – January 5, 1890
|Preceded by||Calvin S. Welch|
|Succeeded by||V. C. Lowrey|
December 22, 1834|
Belmont County, Ohio
|Died||January 12, 1900(aged 65)|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret J. Allen|
|Alma mater||Ohio University
Cincinnati Law School
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Years of service||August 10, 1861
-September 22, 1864
|Unit||30th Ohio Infantry|
Charles Townsend was born December 22, 1834 in Harrisville, or Harrisonville, Belmont County, Ohio to Samuel H. Townsend and Rebecca Morrison, and removed to Athens County in childhood. He attended common schools, and taught school for expenses as he attended Ohio University, where he graduated in 1861. He founded Decamp Institute in Meigs County, Ohio, and was in charge of that school when the American Civil War began. In July, 1861, he enlisted in the Union Army, and in August was made a Captain in the Thirtieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. On January 27, 1864, he was made Major of the regiment. After the War he graduated from Cincinnati Law School in 1866. Townsend was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Athens County, Ohio three times.
In 1877 he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives for the 64th General Assembly, and re-elected in 1879 for the 65th. He resigned when he was elected Ohio Secretary of State in 1880, and ran again in 1882, but was defeated. He served as State Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was elected to the Ohio Senate in 1887 for the 9th District in the 68th General Assembly.
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