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Charles Townsend
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22nd Ohio Secretary of State
In office
January 10, 1881 – January 8, 1883
Governor Charles Foster
Preceded by Milton Barnes
Succeeded by James W. Newman
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Athens County district
In office
January 7, 1878 – January 9, 1881
Preceded by Charles H. Grosvenor
Succeeded by Charles L. Kurtz
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 9th district
In office
January 2, 1888 – January 5, 1890
Preceded by Calvin S. Welch
Succeeded by V. C. Lowrey
Personal details
Born (1834-12-22)December 22, 1834
Belmont County, Ohio
Died January 12, 1900(1900-01-12) (aged 65)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Margaret J. Allen
Children three
Alma mater Ohio University
Cincinnati Law School
Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Branch/service United States Union Army
Years of service August 10, 1861
-September 22, 1864
Rank Union army maj rank insignia.jpg Major
Unit Ohio 30th Ohio Infantry

Charles Townsend was a Republican politician in the Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Senate, and was Ohio Secretary of State from 1881 to 1883.


Charles Townsend was born December 22, 1834 in Harrisville, Belmont County, Ohio, to Samuel H. Townsend and Rebecca Morrison, and removed to Athens County in childhood. He attended common schools, and taught school for expenses as he attended Ohio University, where he graduated in 1861. He founded Decamp Institute in Meigs County, Ohio, and was in charge of that school when the American Civil War began. In July, 1861, he enlisted in the Union Army, and in August was made a Captain in the Thirtieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. On January 27, 1864, he was made Major of the regiment. After the War he graduated from Cincinnati Law School in 1866. Townsend was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Athens County, Ohio three times.

In 1877 he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives for the 64th General Assembly, and re-elected in 1879 for the 65th. He resigned when he was elected Ohio Secretary of State in 1880, and ran again in 1882, but was defeated. He served as State Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was elected to the Ohio Senate in 1887 for the 9th District in the 68th General Assembly.

Townsend married Margaret Jane Allen in October 1859, and had three children, Helen, Charles and Mary. He was a Mason.

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