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Astronomer , lawyer

Charles Wesley Tuttle, American astronomer, lawyer.


Tuttle, Charles Wesley was born on November 1, 1829 in Newfield, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Moses and Mary (Merrow) Tuttle.


Attended Harvard Law School, 1854, A. M. (honorary), 1854. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Dartmouth, 1880.


Assistant, Harvard Observatory, 1850. Made his most important contribution to astronomy by explaining Saturn’s “dusky” ring, 1850. Discovered a comet, 1853.

Computed cometary orbits and ephemirides. Participated in eclipse expedition to summit of Mount Washington, 1854. Admitted to Massachusetts bar, 1856.

Practiced, Boston, 1856. Admitted to practice in the United States circuit cts., 1858, Supreme Court of the United States Court, 1861. Took testimony for use before Court of Alabama Claims, 1874.

Made historical and antiquarian studies of Maine and N.H. Author: Captain John.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Captain John Mason (edited by Johann Wolfgang Dean), published posthumously, 1887. Also numerous articles published in New England History and Genealogical Register, Proceedings of Massachusetts History Society, Notes and Queries.


Married Mary Louisa Park, January 31, 1872.

Moses Tuttle

Mary (Merrow) Tuttle

Mary Louisa Park