Charles Adkins Edit Profile
Born on a farm in Pickaway County, Ohio, near Mount Sterling, Adkins attended the common schools.
He taught school for several years. He moved to Illinois in 1885 and settled on a farm in Piatt County near Bement, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits and served as president of the Piatt County (Illinois) Farmers' Institute. He served as president of the Illinois Livestock Breeders' Association in 1914 and 1915.
He was appointed State director of agriculture during the administration of Gov. Frank Orren Lowden and served from 1917 to 1921. He moved to Decatur, Illinois, in 1918.
Adkins was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1933). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress. Adkins resided in Decatur, Illinois, until his death there on March 31, 1941.
He was interred in Bement Cemetery, Bement, Illinois.
When the Church as a body engages with political issues, it should follow the principles of Christian faith.
In a society where self-interest, acquisitiveness and individual happiness are often seen as the over-riding interests, the Church, and Christians within it, are called to witness meanings, values and purposes beyond ourselves.
Member, 111. Legislature, 1907-1913. Speaker, 111. House of Representative, 1911. Director Agriculture of 111. during Governor.
Lowdens Admin.; Chairman, Board of Live Stock Commissioners, 1916, until Code Bill was passed placing that activity in Department of Agriculture of which was made director Elected 69, 70. 71 Congresses. Member: Masons. Elks; Knights of Pythias.
Married Dora Ellen Farrow, 1888. Children: Dora Ellen (widow of Romie Campbell), Charles Otis, Ben.