Charles J. Folger
|Charles J. Folger|
|34th United States Secretary of the Treasury|
November 14, 1881 – September 4, 1884
|President||Chester A. Arthur|
|Preceded by||William Windom|
|Succeeded by||Walter Q. Gresham|
|Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals|
May 20, 1880 – November 14, 1881
|Preceded by||Sanford E. Church|
|Succeeded by||Charles Andrews|
|Born||April 16, 1818
|Died||September 4, 1884
Geneva, New York
|Spouse(s)||Susan Rebecca Worth|
Folger was born on the island of Nantucket in 1818. When he was 12 years old, his family moved to Geneva, New York. He attended Hobart College and graduated with honors in 1836. After his graduation, he studied law with Mark H. Sibley and Alvah Worden in Canandaigua, N.Y. and was admitted to the bar three years later in 1839. He began his practice in Lyons, N.Y., but returned to Geneva in 1840, where he remained for the rest of his life. On June 18, 1844, he married Susan Rebecca Worth.
In 1844, Folger was appointed to the bench of the Ontario County Court of Common Pleas, serving for about a year.
As a Republican, he was a member of the New York State Senate (26th D.) from 1862 to 1869, sitting in the 85th, 86th, 87th, 88th, 89th, 90th, 91st and 92nd New York State Legislatures. During his term he served as President pro tempore for four years and as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Folger served as a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1867–68, and as a delegate to the 1868 Republican National Convention.
A year later, in 1870, he was elected one of the first judges of the re-organized New York Court of Appeals. Following the death of Sanford E. Church, Folger was appointed Chief Judge by Governor Alonzo B. Cornell on May 20, 1880, to fill the vacancy temporarily. In November he was elected to a full 14-year term as Chief Judge.
In 1881, President James Garfield offered him the position of Attorney General, which he declined. Later that year, however, he resigned from the bench to accept an appointment by President Chester Arthur to serve as Secretary of the Treasury. In 1883 he appointed Mifflin E. Bell to the Office of the Supervising Architect.
Folger died in office on September 4, 1884 at his home on Main Street in Geneva, NY. He was buried at Glenwood Cemetery, Geneva, at the side of his wife who had died seven years earlier.
The C.J. Folger Hook & Ladder Co. #1 of the Geneva Fire Department is named in his honor, as is Folger Park in Washington, D.C.
In 1879 and 1880, a company of the New York National Guard was organized in Geneva and named the Folger Independent Corps in honor of Folger. The unit became the 34th Independent Company and served during the Spanish–American War as Company B, 3rd New York Infantry Regiment. The unit currently exists as Co. D, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, based in Ithaca.
-  Political Graveyard
-  Appointed Secretary of the Treasury, in NYT on October 28, 1881, with short bio
-  Obit in NYT on September 5, 1884
- The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (page 362; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
- Charles J. Folger at Find a Grave
|New York State Senate|
|New York State Senate
Abraham V. Harpending
Sanford E. Church
|Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
|U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
Served under: Chester A. Arthur
Walter Q. Gresham