Collis, Charles H. T. was born on February 4, 1838 in Cork, Ireland. Son of William and Mary Anne (Lloyd) Collis.
Academic education in England.
Enlisted Union army, April, 1861. Served until surrender of General Lee as private, sergeant, major, captain, colonel, brigadier general, major general Participated in all battles of Army of Potomac, excepting Gettysburg. After war twice elected city solicitor, Philadelphia.
15 year director of city trusts. Commissioner public works, New York, during the Strong administration.