FAULKNER, Charles James (1847-1929)

FAULKNER, CHARLES JAMES, (son of Charles James Faulkner [1806-1884]), a Senator from West Virginia; born on the family estate, 'Boydville,' near Martinsburg, Va. (now West Virginia), September 21, 1847; accompanied his father, who was United States Minister to France, to that country in 1859; attended school in Paris and Switzerland; returned to the United States in 1861; during the Civil War entered the Virginia Military Institute at Lexington in 1862; served with the cadets in the Battle of New Market; graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1868; admitted to the bar in 1868 and commenced practice in Martinsburg, W.Va.; elected judge of the thirteenth judicial circuit in 1880; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1887; reelected in 1893 and served from March 4, 1887, to March 3, 1899; chairman, Committee on Territories (Fifty-third Congress); appointed a member of the International Joint High Commission of the United States and Great Britain in 1898; retired from public life and devoted his time to the practice of law in Martinsburg, W.Va., and Washington, D.C., and to the management of his agricultural interests; died at 'Boydville,' near Martinsburg, W.Va., January 13, 1929; interment in the Old Norbourne Cemetery, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Duke University
Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1876-1897. 1 volume; 144 items.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1830-1929. 3,125 items. Legal correspondence, bills, accounts, and requests for patronage and appointments, some political letters, business correspondence, and correspondence on movements to enact legislation for rate control and other matters concerning railroads (ca. 1905-1920). Collection contains legal papers of Faulkner's father and his father's dispatches from Paris as minister to France (1859-1861) to the secretary of state. Charles Faulkner's papers relate primarily to his activities as counsel for the Atlantic Coastline, the Missouri Pacific, and the Union Pacific Railroads, and contain discussions of the Adamson, Elkins, and Hepburn acts and the Interstate Commerce Commission. Family correspondence includes letters to Faulkner (1886-1888) from his mother and sister. Finding aid. Also unknown quantity in various collections and portraits.

Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA
Papers: 7 boxes concerning legal career and Senate service in Faulkner family papers, 1737-1954, available on microfilm.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History
Charleston, WV
Papers: 1830, 1832. 2 items. Pamphlets of speeches. Also miscellaneous items in several collections.

West Virginia University
West Virginia and Regional History Collection
Morgantown, WV
Papers: Miscellaneous items in various collections.

  • McVeigh, Donald R. "Charles James Faulkner: Reluctant Rebel.'' Ph.D. dissertation, West Virginia University, 1955.