POSTON, Charles Debrille (1825-1902)

POSTON, CHARLES DEBRILLE, a Delegate from the Territory of Arizona; born near Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Ky., April 20, 1825; attended the public schools; clerk in the county clerk's office; clerk of the supreme court at Nashville, Tenn.; moved to California in 1850 and settled in San Francisco; clerk in the customhouse at San Francisco 1850-1853; moved to Arizona in 1854 and became interested in silver mining; appointed by President Lincoln superintendent of Indian affairs in 1863 and was civilian aide to General Heintzelman the same year; when Arizona Territory was formed was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth Congress and served from December 5, 1864, to March 3, 1865; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced the practice of his profession in Washington, D.C.; appointed by President Hayes register of the United States land office at Florence, Ariz., in 1878; consular agent at El Paso, Tex., in 1890; died in Phoenix, Ariz., June 24, 1902; interment in Arizona Cemetery; reinterment under a rock cairn erected by the State of Arizona at the summit of Poston Butte, overlooking the town of Florence, Ariz., April 26, 1925.

Arizona Historical Society
Tucson, AZ
Papers: 2 boxes.
Correspondence concerning his biography, land records, and newspaper articles.

  • Goff, John S. Charles D. Poston. Cave Creek, AZ: Black Mountain Press, 1995.
  • Gressinger, A. W. Charles D. Poston, Sunland Seer. Globe, Ariz.: D. S. King, 1961.
  • Poston, Charles Debrille. Apache-land. San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft & Company, printers, 1878.
  • ___. Speech of Hon. Charles D. Poston, of Arizona, on Indian affairs. Delivered in the House of Representatives, Thursday, March 2, 1865. New York: E. Jones & Co., printers, 1865.
  • Poston, Lawrence, III, ed. "Poston vs. Goodwin: A Document on the Congressional Election of 1865." Arizona and the West 3 (Winter 1961): 351-54.