Charles R. Train

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Charles R. Train

Charles Russell Train (born October 18, 1817 in Framingham , Massachusetts , †  July 28, 1885 in Conway , New Hampshire ) was an American politician . Between 1859 and 1863 he represented the state of Massachusetts in the US House of Representatives .


Charles Train attended the public schools of his home country and then studied until 1837 at Brown University in Providence ( Rhode Island ). After a subsequent law degree at Harvard University and his admission as a lawyer, he began to work in Framingham in this profession from 1841. Between 1848 and 1854 he was a district attorney. At the same time he embarked on a political career. From 1847 to 1848 he was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives . In 1853 he was a delegate to a meeting to revise the state constitution . Train joined the Republican Party founded in 1854 . In the years 1856 and 1864 he was a delegate to the respective Republican National Conventions , at which John C. Frémont and later Abraham Lincoln were nominated as presidential candidates. Between 1857 and 1858 Train was also on the advisory board of the Governor of Massachusetts.

In the congressional election of 1858 Train was elected to the United States House of Representatives in Washington, DC in the eighth constituency of Massachusetts , where he succeeded Chauncey L. Knapp on March 4, 1859 . After being re-elected, he was able to complete two legislative terms in Congress until March 3, 1863 . These were shaped by the events before and during the civil war . During his tenure as a Congressman, Train chaired the Public Property Committee. In 1862 he was involved in impeachment proceedings against Federal Judge West Hughes Humphreys . In the same year he decided not to run again.

Train also took part in the civil war as an officer in the Union Army . At times he served on the staff of General George B. McClellan . After the war he moved to Boston . From 1868 to 1871 he was again a member of the state parliament. Between 1871 and 1878 he held the office of Attorney General of Massachusetts. Otherwise he practiced as a lawyer again. Charles Train died on July 28, 1885 while visiting Conway and was buried in his hometown of Framingham.

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