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Charles Benjamin Farwell

Charles Benjamin Farwell, American merchant, senator. member State board of equalization, 1867; member Congress, 1871-1876 and 1881-1887.


  • Farwell, Charles Benjamin was born on July 1, 1823 in Painted Post, New York, United States. Son of Henry and Nancy (Jackson) Farwell.

  • Education

    • Educated in district schools until 1838. Removed to Ogle Company, Illinois. Worked at farming and on Government surveys until 1844, when he went to Chicago on a load of wheat with $10 in his pocket.

      Secured employment in county clerk’s office. Later teller in a bank. County clerk Cook Company, Illinois, 1854-1862.

      Joined his brother, John V. Farwell in firm of John V. Farwell & Company, wholesale dry goods, and, 1891, became president The John V. Farwell Company.


    • With his brother built, 1887, the Texas State capitol, receiving 3,000,000 acres of land therefor. They now have a ranch there, stocked with 150,000 cattle. Was member State board of equalization, 1867.

      Chairman of the Board of supervisors, Cook Company, Illinois, 1868. National bank examiner, 1869. Member Congress, 1871-1876 and 1881-1887.

      United States senator, 1887-1891.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Member State board of equalization, 1867. Member Congress, 1871-1876 and 1881-1887.


    • father: Henry Farwell
    • mother: Nancy (Jackson) Farwell
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    Died 1903
    (aged 79)