UPHAM, Charles Wentworth (1802-1875)

UPHAM, CHARLES WENTWORTH, (cousin of George Baxter Upham and Jabez Upham), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, May 4, 1802; served as an apothecary's apprentice; worked on a farm in Nova Scotia, immigrated to the United States in 1816 and settled in Boston, Mass.; was graduated from the theological department of Harvard University in 1821; was ordained to the ministry and officiated in Salem, Mass., 1824-1844; member of the State house of representatives 1840-1849; unsuccessful Whig candidate for election to the Thirty-second Congress; mayor of Salem, Mass., in 1852; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1853; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth Congress; member of the State senate in 1857 and 1858, serving as president; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1859 and 1860; died in Salem, Mass., on June 15, 1875; interment in Harmony Grove Cemetery.

University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: ca. 1835-1847, 2 items.
In a letter to Messrs. Hilliard, Gray and Co., Charles Wentworth Upham proposes, on behalf of Harriet Martineau, collecting and republishing her anonymous writings; in a third letter to R.G. [Beardslee?] Upham responds to his invitation to address the Young Men's Association of Albany, and mentions a throat problem.

Papers: ca. 1873, 2 items.
This collection consists of a letter to J. Wingate [Thurston?] from Charles Wentworth Upham, who explains the friendship between Edmund Randolph and Timothy Pickering, mentioning Randolph's comment on Pickering's popularity, and discusses Pickering and Wingate family history. The collection also contains a print of Charles Wentworth Upham by F. T. Stuart.

Papers: In the Prints and Photographs in the Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, n.d., 18 boxes.
Persons represented include Charles Wentworth Upham.


Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: In the Peleg W. Chandler Letters Received, 1866-1874, approximately 185 items.
Correspondents include Charles Wentworth Upham.


Cornell University
Carl A. Kroch Library
Ithaca, NY
Papers: In the Samuel J. May Diary, 1869, 1 volume.
Persons represented include Charles Wentworth Upham.


The Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: In the Isaac Sherman Papers, 1832-1913, approximately 5000 pieces.
Correspondents include Charles W. Upham.


Harvard University
Houghton Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In the Autograph File - U, ca. 1689-1943, 2 linear feet.
Correspondents include Charles Wentworth Upham.

Papers: In the Robert Carter Papers, 1819-1879, 0.5 linear foot.
Correspondents include Charles Wentworth Upham.

Papers: In the Ralph Waldo Emerson Papers, ca. 1814-1882, 12 linear feet.
Correspondents include Charles Wentworth Upham.

Papers: In the Oliver Wendell Holmes Papers, 1809-1894, 3.6 linear feet.
Correspondents include Charles Wentworth Upham.

Papers: In the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Papers, 1807-1882, 36 linear feet.
Correspondents include Charles Wentworth Upham.

Papers: In the George Nichols Correspondence, 1809-1882, 2 linear feet.
Correspondents include Charles Wentworth Upham.

Papers: In the North American Review Papers, 1831-1843, 7 linear feet.
Persons represented include Charles Wentworth Upham.

Papers: In the Palfrey Family Papers, ca. 1713-1915, 60 linear feet.
Correspondents include Charles Wentworth Upham.

  • Ellis, George Edward. Memoir of Charles Wentworth Upham. Cambridge, [Mass.]: Press of J. Wilson and Son, 1877.
  • Upham, Charles W. Address at the re-dedication of the Fourth Meeting-house of the First Church in Salem. Salem: Printed at the office of theSalem Gazette, 1867.
  • ------. A discourse at the funeral of the Rev. John Prince. Salem: Gazette Press, 1836.
  • ------. A discourse delivered on the Sabbath after the decease of the Hon. Timothy Pickering. Salem: Foote & Brown, 1829.
  • ------. Discourse on the national fast (May 14, 1841,): Observed on occasion of the death of President Harrison. Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, Printers, 1841.
  • ------. "John Quincy Adams." Foreword to Lives of Celebrated Statesmen by John Quincy Adams. New York: William H. Graham, 1846.
  • ------. Lectures on Witchcraft, Comprising A History of The Delusion in Salem, in 1692. 2nd ed. Boston: Carter and Hendee, 1832.
  • ------. Letters on the Logos. Boston: Bowles and Dearborn, 1828.
  • ------. Life, Explorations and Public Services of John Charles Fremont. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1856.
  • ------. Memoir of Francis Peabody, President of the Essex Institute. Salem, Mass.: Essex Institute Press, 1868.
  • ------. Nebraska and Kansas: Speech of Hon. Charles W. Upham, of Mass., in the House of Representatives, May 10, 1854. [Washington, D.C.: N.p., 1854].
  • ------. Oration, delivered at the request of the city authorities of Salem, July 4, 1842. Salem, [Mass.]: Chapman & Palfray, printers, 1842.
  • ------. An oration delivered before the New England Society in the city of New York. 2d ed. Boston: J. Monroe and Company, 1847.
  • ------. Principles of Congregationalism. The second century lecture of the First Church. Salem: Foote & Brown, 1829.
  • ------. Principles of the Reformation. A sermon preached November 16, 1826, at the dedication of the house of public worship of the First Congregational Society in Salem. Published at the request of the Society. Salem, [Mass.]: Printed by Warwick Palfray, Jr. 1826.
  • ------. Salem Witchcraft; with An Account of Salem Village, and A History of Opinions on Witchcraft and Kindred Subjects. 2 vols. Boston: Wiggin and Lunt, 1867. Reprint, foreword by Brian F. Le Beau. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 2000.
  • ------. Speech of Charles W. Upham, of Salem, in the House of Representatives of Massachusetts. Salem: Printed at the Tri-Weekly Gazette Office, 1849.
  • ------, ed. The Life of General Washington, First President of the United States, Written by Himself, Comprising His Memoirs and Correspondence, As Prepared by Him for Publication, Including Several Original Letters Now First Printed. 2 vols. London: Office of the National Illustrated Library, 1852.