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Charles E. Townsend
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1923
|Preceded by||Julius C. Burrows|
|Succeeded by||Woodbridge Nathan Ferris|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Michigan's 2nd district
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1911
|Preceded by||Henry C. Smith|
|Succeeded by||William Wedemeyer|
|Born||August 15, 1856|
|Died||August 3, 1924 (aged 67)|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
Charles Elroy Townsend (August 15, 1856 – August 3, 1924) was an American lawyer who served as both a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan. He served in the United States Congress from 1903 to 1923.
Early life and career
Townsend was born near Concord, Michigan and attended the common schools in Concord and Jackson and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He taught school at Concord 1881-1886 and was Jackson County Register of Deeds 1886-1897. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1895 and commenced practice in Jackson.
Tenure in Congress
He was elected to the United States Senate in 1910 and was reelected in 1916, serving from March 4, 1911, to March 4, 1923. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922. He was chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Coast and Insular Survey in the Sixty-second Congress, the U.S. Senate Committee on Expenditures in the War Department in the Sixty-fifth Congress, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Post Office and Post Roads in the Sixty-sixth and Sixty-seventh Congresses.
Career after Congress
Townsend was appointed in 1923 as a member of the International Joint Commission created to regulate the use of the boundary waters between the United States and Canada, in which capacity he served until his death in Jackson. He is interred in Maple Grove Cemetery, in Concord.
- Schlup, Peonard. "Party Loyalist: Charles E. Townsend and the Vice-Presidential Election of 1912." Research Journal of Philosophy & Social Sciences (1992): 61-70.
- United States Congress. "Charles E. Townsend (id: T000330)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Media related to Charles E. Townsend at Wikimedia Commons
|Party political offices|
|First|| Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Michigan
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Henry C. Smith
| United States Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Michigan
Julius C. Burrows
| U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Michigan
Woodbridge Nathan Ferris