SKINNER, Charles Rufus, (1844 - 1928)


SKINNER, Charles Rufus, a Representative from New York; born in Union Square, Oswego County, N.Y., August 4, 1844; attended the common schools and Clinton Liberal Institute; was graduated from Mexico Academy, N.Y., in 1866; taught in the common schools; editor of the Watertown Daily Times 1870-1874; member of the board of education of Watertown, N.Y., 1875-1884; member of the State assembly 1877-1881; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Warner Miller; reelected to the Forty-eighth Congress and served from November 8, 1881, to March 3, 1885; was not a candidate for renomination in 1884; member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1884; editor of the Watertown Daily Republican 1885-1886; city editor of the Watertown Daily Times 1886; deputy State superintendent of public instruction 1886-1892; supervisor of teachers’ training classes and teachers’ institutes in the State department of public instruction 1892-1895; State superintendent of public instruction 1895-1904; elected president of the National Education Association in 1897; assistant appraiser of merchandise for the port of New York 1906-1911; librarian of the State assembly in 1913 and 1914 and served as legislative librarian 1915-1925; died in Pelham Manor, N.Y., June 30, 1928; remains were cremated and the ashes interred in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, N.Y.