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CONN, Charles Gerard (1844-1931)

CONN, CHARLES GERARD, A Representative from Indiana; born in Phelps, Ontario County, N.Y., January 29, 1844; moved with his parents to Elkhart, Ind., in 1851; attended the common schools; enlisted in the Union Army May 18, 1861, and served as a private in the band of Company B, Fifteenth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry; discharged September 10, 1862; reenlisted in Company G, First Michigan Sharpshooters, November 18, 1862; was wounded and taken prisoner, being released from Columbia (S.C.) prison camp at the close of hostilities; engaged in the grocery and bakery business and, in 1877, in the manufacture of band instruments at Elkhart, Ind.; mayor of Elkhart 1880-1883; member of the State house of representatives in 1889; established the Elkhart Daily Truth in 1890; was owner of the Washington (D.C.) Times during part of his congressional term; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); was not a candidate for renomination in 1894; resumed the manufacture of band instruments at Elkhart, Ind.; in 1916 retired and moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where he died on January 5, 1931; interment in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Elkhart, Ind.

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Papers: 1898, 1 item.
A letter from Charles Gerard Conn to James Daggett written on January 13, 1898. The letter concerns repairs done to Charles Gerard's coronet and the possible purchase of a new instrument.

  • Conn, Charles Gerard. The sixth sense, prayer; brain cell reformation. [2d ed.] Los Angeles: G. Rice & Sons, 1916.
  • ------. The wonder book: How to achieve success. Los Angeles, Calif.: Gem Publishing Company, 1923.