Charles L. Benedict

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Charles Linnaeus Benedict (March 2, 1824 – January 8, 1901) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

Born in Newbury, Vermont, he was the son of George Wyllys Benedict and Eliza (Dewey) Benedict. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1844 and read law in 1845 to enter the Bar. He had been the principal of a grammar school up to that point, but from 1845 to 1865 he engaged in the private practice of law in Brooklyn, New York. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Kings Co., 5th D.) in 1862.

On March 6, 1865, he was nominated by President Abraham Lincoln to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, to a new seat created by 13 Stat. 438. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 9, 1865, and received his commission that day.

Amongst his many cases, he signed the arrest warrant of Capt. Henry W. Howgate on September 29, 1894.[1]

Benedict's service terminated on January 1, 1897, due to retirement. He died in Brooklyn, New York.


  1. ^ "Howgate must go to Washington" (PDF). .pdf. The New York Times. 1894-09-29. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Lucius C. Andrus
New York State Assembly
Kings County, 5th District

Succeeded by
Theophilus C. Callicot
Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Succeeded by
Asa Wentworth Tenney