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Charles Russell TRAIN

(1817-1885)

TRAIN, Charles Russell, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Framingham, Mass., October 18, 1817; attended the common schools, Framingham Academy, and was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1837; studied law at Harvard University; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Framingham, Mass., in 1841; member of the State house of representatives in 1847 and 1848; district attorney 1848-1854; declined the appointment of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1852; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1853; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1856 and 1864; member of the Governor’s council in 1857 and 1858; elected as Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1862; one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1862 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against West H. Humphreys, United States judge for the several districts of Tennessee; during the Civil War served in the Union Army as a volunteer aide-de-camp to General McClellan; moved to Boston, Mass.; again served in the State house of representatives 1868-1871; attorney general of Massachusetts 1871-1878; resumed the practice of law; died while on a visit in Conway, Carroll County, N.H., July 28, 1885; interment in Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham, Mass.

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

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