TOWNE, Charles Arnette, (1858 - 1928)

Senate Years of Service: 1900-1901
Party: Democrat

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

TOWNE, Charles Arnette, a Representative and a Senator from Minnesota and a Representative from New York; born near Pontiac, Oakland County, Mich., on November 21, 1858; attended the common schools; graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1881; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1885 and commenced practice in Marquette, Mich.; moved to Duluth, Minn., in 1890 and continued the practice of law; judge advocate general of Minnesota 1893-1895; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful independent candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress and for election in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress; declined the nomination for Vice President of the United States by the national conventions of the Populist and Silver Republican Parties in 1900; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Cushman K. Davis and served from December 5, 1900, to January 28, 1901, when an elected successor was qualified and seated; moved to New York City in 1901 and resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat from New York to the Fifty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1907); died in Tucson, Ariz., October 22, 1928; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Tucson, Ariz.


Dictionary of American Biography; Schlup, Leonard. “Charles A. Towne and the Vice-Presidential Question of 1900.” North Dakota History 44 (Winter 1977): 14-20.