CATHCART, Charles William (1809-1888)

CATHCART, CHARLES WILLIAM, a Representative and a Senator from Indiana; born July 24, 1809, in Funchal, Island of Madeira, where his father was the United States consul; travelled to Spain with his parents; attended private schools; returned to the United States in 1819 and went to sea; moved to Washington, D.C., in 1830, and was a clerk in the General Land Office; moved to Indiana; justice of the peace at New Durham Township, Ind., in 1833; engaged in agricultural pursuits near La Porte, Ind., in 1837; United States land surveyor; member, State senate 1837-1840; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1849); appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James Whitcomb and served from December 6, 1852, to January 18, 1853; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1860 to the Thirty-seventh Congress; engaged in agricultural pursuits; died on his farm near La Porte, La Porte County, Ind., August 22, 1888; interment in Pine Lake Cemetery.

Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1840-1849. 15 letters. Chiefly about land purchases, and 1 speech (March 20, 1858).

Michigan State University
University Archives and Historical Collections
East Lansing, MI
Papers: 1821-1884. Ca. 400 items. Relate to his activities in Congress and to his pioneer days in Indiana. Correspondence relates to Indiana politics during the Civil war, the Democratic and Republican parties, and to internal improvement projects. Finding aid.

New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 161 letters (1827-1844) in James Leander Cathcart papers. Chiefly letters from Cathcart in Washington, DC, to his son, Charles William Cathcart, in Laporte, IN, relating to Cathcart's plan to establish a family seat in the West. Finding aid.

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