Charles E. Hibbard
|Charles Edmund Hibbard|
|Delegate to the 1917 Massachusetts Constitutional Convention|
June 6, 1917 – August 13, 1919
|Preceded by||Board of Selectmen|
|Succeeded by||Jabez L. Peck|
|District Attorney for Hampden and Berkshire Counties, Massachusetts|
|Preceded by||Andrew J. Waterman|
|Succeeded by||Charles L. Gardner|
|Born||March 15, 1844
Farmington Falls, Maine
|Died||August 11, 1922
|Children||Charles Lovejoy Hibbard; Mary Page Hibbard; Frederic Walbridge Hibbard|
|Alma mater||Phillips Andover, Amherst College|
Charles Edmund Hibbard (March 15, 1844 – August 11, 1922) was an American lawyer, banker and politician who served as the Western Massachusetts District Attorney and as the first Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Early life and education
Hibbard was born on March 15, 1844 in Farmington Falls, Maine, he attended Phillips Andover and graduated from Amherst College in 1867. After he graded from Amherst College Hibbard began his study of the law in the Woodstock, Vermont office of William Collamer, Hibbard later finished his course of legal study with William M. Rogers of Methuen, Massachusetts.
On February 2, 1870 Hibbard married Henrietta Hayden in her hometown of Montpelier, Vermont, they had three children, Charles Lovejoy Hibbard and Mary Page Hibbard, and Frederic Walbridge Hibbard.
Hibbard was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar on April 21, 1869 however he first worked as a lawyer in Tama, Iowa after about two years in Iowa Hibbard moved to Boston, and then in 1881 moved to Lee, Massachusetts, finally in 1887 he moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
In addition to his work as a lawyer, Hibbard was also involved in banking, he served as a trustee of the Lee Savings Bank, and as the president of the Berkshire Loan and Trust.
Public service career
In 1884 Hubbard ran for the office of the District Attorney for the Western District (which consisted of Hampden and Berkshire Counties), he lost that election to Andrew J. Waterman. In 1887 Hibbard ran once again for the District Attorney position this time he won defeating his opponent Judge James R. Dunbar, Hibbard was reelected three years later defeating William H. Brooks, Hibbard served a total of six years as District Attorney.
Mayor of Pittsfield
1917 Massachusetts Constitutional Convention
In 1916 the Massachusetts legislature and electorate approved a calling of a Constitutional Convention. Hibbard was elected as on of the representatives of the Massachusetts 1st First Congressional District to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention of 1917.
Massachusetts Bar Association
- Bridgman, Arthur Milnor (1919), A Souvenir of the Massachusetts Constitutional convention, Boston, Stoughton, MA: A. M. (Arthur Milnor) Bridgman, p. 60.
- Bridgman 1919, p. 75.
- The Hartford Courant (August 12, 1922), "CHARLES E. HIBBARD DIES IN PITTSFIELD", The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Ct): 6.
- Alumni Council of Amherst College (November 1922), "Amherst Graduates' Quarterly, Number 45", Alumni Council of Amherst College (Amherst, Massachusetts): 49.
- Reno, Conrad (1902), Memoirs of the Judiciary and the Bar, Vol III, Boston, Massachusetts: The Century Memorial Publishing Co., 1901, p. 552.
- Flagg, Charles Alcott (1903), "The Descendants of Eleazer Flagg: And His Wife Huldah Chandler of Grafton, Mass.,", Charles Alcott Flagg (Boston, Massachusetts): 191.
- Reno, Conrad (1902), Memoirs of the Judiciary and the Bar, Vol III, Boston, Massachusetts: The Century Memorial Publishing Co., 1901, p. 551.
- Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA: Wright & Potter printing co., state printers, 1919, pp. 7–8.
- Bridgman, Arthur Milnor (1919), A Souvenir of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention, Boston, 1917-1919, Stoughton, Massachusetts: A. M. (Arthur Milnor) Bridgman, p. 75.
- Alumni Council of Amherst College (November 1922), "Amherst Graduates' Quarterly, Number 45", Alumni Council of Amherst College (Amherst, Massachusetts): 48.
Andrew J. Waterman
|District Attorney for the Western District
Charles L. Gardner
Board of Selectmen
|Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Jabez L. Peck