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Charles Harrison PAGE

(1843-1912)

PAGE, Charles Harrison, a Representative from Rhode Island; born in Gloucester, Providence County, R.I., July 19, 1843; attended the public schools; during the Civil War enlisted in the Union Army as a private at the age of nineteen in Company A, Twelfth Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered out July 29, 1863; resumed studies in the Illinois State Normal School at Bloomington and at Southern Illinois College at Carbondale; returned to Rhode Island in 1869 and taught school in Scituate until the spring of 1870, when he entered the law department of the University of Albany, New York; was graduated in 1871; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Scituate, and in Providence, R.I., in 1872; member of the State house of representatives in 1872 and 1873; served in the State senate in 1874, 1875, 1884, 1885, and 1890; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; candidate for attorney general in 1879; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1880, 1884, and 1888; contested as a Democrat the election of William A. Pirce to the Forty-ninth Congress, but the seat was declared vacant; subsequently elected at a special election to fill the vacancy thus caused and served from February 21 to March 3, 1887; elected to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); reelected to the Fifty-third Congress at a special election (no candidate receiving a majority at the regular election), and served from April 5, 1893, to March 3, 1895; chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1894; resumed the practice of law until his death in Providence, R.I., July 21, 1912; interment in Swan Point Cemetery.

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

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