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educator , army officer

Charles Edward Hovey, American educator, army officer. member 1st Illinois Board Education, 1857.


Hovey, Charles Edward was born on April 26, 1827 in Thetford, Vermont, United States. Son of Alfred and Abigail (Howard) Hovey.


Graduate Dartmouth, 1852.


Principal free high school, Framingham, Massachusetts, 1852-1854. 1st principal boys’ high school, Peoria, Illinois, 1854-1856. Superintendent Peoria public schools, 1856-1857.

Elected president Illinois State Teachers Association, 1856. Member 1st Illinois Board Education, 1857. Editor Illinois Teacher, 1856-1858.

Founder Illinois State Normal U., 1857, appointed principal, served as colonel of regiment largely composed of students and teachers of the university in Civil War. Commissioned colonel 33d Illinois Volunteer Infantry, 1861, brigadier general, 1862. Brevetted major general for gallant battle conduct, September 5, 1862 particularly at Arkansas Post, 1863.

Commissioned major general United States Volunteers, 1865. Practiced law, Washington District of Columbia, until 1897.


Member 1st Illinois Board Education, 1857.


Married Harriette Spofford, October 9, 1854, 3 children including Richard.

Alfred Hovey

Abigail (Howard) Hovey

Harriette Spofford