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Charles Waldron BUCKLEY

(1835-1906)

BUCKLEY, Charles Waldron, a Representative from Alabama; born in Unadilla, Otsego County, N.Y., February 18, 1835; attended the public schools in Unadilla and Freeport, Ill., where his parents moved in 1846; was graduated from Beloit College, Wisconsin, in 1860 and from the Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1863; entered the Union Army February 9, 1864, and served as chaplain of the Forty-seventh Regiment, United States Colored Volunteer Infantry, and of the Eighth Regiment, Louisiana Colored Infantry, until January 5, 1866, when he was mustered out; Alabama superintendent of education for the bureau of refugees and freedmen in 1866 and 1867 and resided in Montgomery; delegate to the Alabama constitutional convention in 1867; engaged in agricultural pursuits, banking, the fire insurance business, and mining; upon the readmission of the State of Alabama to representation was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress; reelected to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses and served from July 21, 1868, to March 3, 1873; was not a candidate for renomination in 1872; probate judge of Montgomery County 1874-1878; resumed banking and also engaged in the fire insurance business; postmaster of Montgomery 1881-1885, 1890-1893, and 1897-1906; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1896; died in Montgomery, Ala., on December 4, 1906; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, New York City.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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