Charles A. Eldredge

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Charles A. Eldredge

Charles Augustus Eldredge (born February 27, 1820 in Bridport , Vermont , †  October 26, 1896 in Fond du Lac , Wisconsin ) was an American politician . Between 1863 and 1875 he represented the state of Wisconsin in the US House of Representatives .


In 1825, Charles Eldredge moved with his parents to Canton , New York , where he attended public schools. After a subsequent law degree and his admission as a lawyer in 1846, he began to work in Canton in this profession. In 1848 he moved his residence and practice to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. In his new home he also embarked on a political career as a member of the Democratic Party .

Eldredge was a member of the Wisconsin Senate between 1854 and 1856 . In the congressional election of 1862 he was elected to the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC in the then newly created fourth constituency of Wisconsin . After five re-elections, he was able to complete six legislative terms in Congress by March 3, 1875 . These were shaped by the events of the civil war and its consequences. Since 1873 Eldredge represented the fifth district of Wisconsin as the successor to Philetus Sawyer . During his time in the US House of Representatives, the 13th , 14th and 15th amendments were passed there between 1865 and 1870 .

In 1874 Charles Eldredge was not nominated by his party for another term in Congress. In the following years he practiced as a lawyer again. He died on October 26, 1896 in Fond Du Lac.

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