Charles H. Gaus

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Charles Henry Gaus (September 1, 1840 in Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio – October 31, 1909 in the Laurentian Mountains, Quebec, Canada) was an American businessman and politician.


He was born of German parents in Ohio, but the family moved to Brooklyn, New York when he was two years old. In 1857 he went to Albany, New York, and worked at his uncle's drugstore. He fought in the American Civil War. In 1874, he opened his own drugstore on the corner of Washington Av. and Lark St. in Albany.

Gaus was an expert marksman, winning the Wimbledon Cup in 1889, 1890, 1891 and 1892.

In Albany, he was at times a supervisor, School Commissioner, City Street Commissioner and City Assessor, and was Mayor from 1902 to 1908. He was New York State Comptroller from January 1, 1909, until his death, elected in 1908 on the Republican ticket. He was ill most of the time, and First Deputy Comptroller Otto Kelsey actually ran the office.

Gaus died from pneumonia during a vacation at a hunting lodge on the preserve of the Bourbinnais-Kiamika Club on Long Lake in the Laurentian Mountains. He was buried at Albany Rural Cemetery.


Political offices
Preceded by
James Henry Blessing
Mayor of Albany, New York
Succeeded by
Henry F. Snyder
Preceded by
Martin H. Glynn
New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
Otto Kelsey