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Charles Benjamin Farwell

merchant , senator

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

Background

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.

Career

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.

Membership

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

Connections

father:
Henry Farwell

mother:
Nancy (Jackson) Farwell