Charles Henry Grosvenor

Grosvenor in 1897

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Preceded by George W. Geddes
Succeeded by Charles Preston Wickham

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Preceded by Beriah Wilkins
Succeeded by Michael D. Harter

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1907
Preceded by John M. Pattison
Succeeded by Albert Douglas

Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Athens district
In office
January 5, 1874 – January 6, 1878
Preceded by Nelson H. Van Vorhes
Succeeded by Charles Townsend

Born September 20, 1833(1833-09-20)
Pomfret, Connecticut
Died October 30, 1917 (age 84)
Athens, Ohio
Resting place Union Street Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Samantha Stewart
Louise A. Currier
Children three
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Rank brevet Brigadier General
Unit 18th Ohio Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
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Charles Henry Grosvenor (September 20, 1833 – October 30, 1917) was a multiple-term U.S. Representative from Ohio, as well as a brigade commander in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


Grosvernor was born in Pomfret, Connecticut. He was the uncle of Charles Grosvenor Bond. In 1838, Grosvenor moved with his parents to southeastern Ohio, where he attended school in Athens County. He later taught school before studying law. He was admitted to the bar in 1857 and practiced in Athens.

During the Civil War, Grosvenor served in the 18th Ohio Infantry and was promoted through the ranks to colonel. He led his regiment at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863, and was a brigade commander in the division of Charles Cruft at the Battle of Nashville in December 1864. At the close of the war, Grosvenor was brevetted as a colonel in the Regular Army and a brigadier general of volunteers.

Following the war, Grosvenor held diverse township and village offices. He served as member of the State house of representatives from 1874–1878 and served as Speaker of the House for two years. He served as member of the board of trustees of the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphans' Home in Xenia from April 1880 until 1888, and president of the board for five years.

Presidential elector for Grant/Wilson in 1872.[1] Presidential elector for Garfiled/Arthur in 1880.[2]

He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1896 and 1900. Grosvenor was elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1890.

Grosvenor was elected to the Fifty-third and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893–March 3, 1907). He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury (Fifty-fourth Congress), Committee on Mines and Mining (Fifty-fifth Congress), Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Fifty-sixth through Fifty-ninth Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1906.

He resumed the practice of law in Athens. The combat veteran was appointed as chairman of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park Commission and served from 1910 until his death in Athens on October 30, 1917. He was interred in Union Street Cemetery.

Grosvenor married Samantha Stewart of Athens County, December 1, 1858. She died in 1866, leaving a daughter. He married Louise A. Currier, also of Athens County, May 21, 1867. She had two daughters.[3]

See also[]

United States Army
American Civil War
  • List of American Civil War generals


  1. ^ Smith 1898 : 307
  2. ^ Smith 1898 : 431-432
  3. ^ Randall, Emilius; Ryan, Daniel Joseph (1915). History of Ohio: the Rise and Progress of an American State. 6. New York: The Century History Company. p. 357. 

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NAME Grosvenor, Charles Henry
SHORT DESCRIPTION Union Army general
DATE OF BIRTH September 20, 1833
PLACE OF BIRTH Pomfret, Connecticut
DATE OF DEATH October 30, 1917
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