BILLINGHURST, Charles (1818-1865)

BILLINGHURST, CHARLES, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Brighton, Franklin County, N.Y., July 27, 1818; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1847 and commenced practice in Rochester, N.Y.; moved to Wisconsin the same year and settled in Juneau, Dodge County; continued the practice of his profession; elected as a member of the first State legislature of Wisconsin in 1848; was elected a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1852; elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth and as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1859); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Juneau, Wis., where he died August 18, 1865; interment in Juneau Cemetery.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: 1845-1899, 0.3 cubic foot.
The papers consist of letters from Charles Billinghurst to his wife Hannah, at Juneau describing the problems of organizing the House in 1855, North-South enmity in Congress, and his social activities in Washington. The correspondence from 1865 to 1899 consists mainly of letters from Charles Billinghurst's widow to her sons Bryan and Seelye, who became bankers in South Dakota. Also included are Hannah (Barber) Billinghurst's diary, 1849-1851, and her recipe book; Bryan Billinghurst's autograph book, 1873-1877; and brief genealogies of the Barber and Billinghurst families.

  • Billinghurst, Charles. A review of the President's message. [Washington: Printed at the office of the Congressional Globe, 1856].