Charles N. Felton

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Charles N. Felton
Charles Norton Felton.jpg
United States Senator
from California
In office
March 19, 1891 – March 4, 1893
Preceded byGeorge Hearst
Succeeded byStephen M. White
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1889
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byThomas J. Clunie
Member of the California State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born(1832-01-01)January 1, 1832
Buffalo, New York
DiedSeptember 13, 1914(1914-09-13) (aged 82)
Menlo Park, California
Political partyRepublican

Charles Norton Felton (January 1, 1832 – September 13, 1914) was a Congressman and U.S. Senator from California.


Charles Felton was born on January 1, 1832, in Buffalo, New York. He attended and received his education from Syracuse Academy before studying law and being admitted to the bar; however, he never entered practice. Felton moved to California in 1849 and entered the mercantile business and subsequently banking. In 1853, he became sheriff of Yuba County, California. Felton served as a tax collector before being appointed as treasurer of the United States Mint at San Francisco. From 1868 to 1877, he served as Assistant Treasurer of the United States. Felton also served in the California State Assembly from 1878 to 1882.

In 1884, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican for the 49th Congress. He subsequently won reelection to his seat in 1886 for the 50th Congress. He did not seek election to a third term in the U.S. House in 1888; he served from March 1885 to March 1889.

Felton was elected to the United States Senate in 1891 to represent California to fill the vacancy caused by the death of George Hearst, serving from March 19, 1891, to March 3, 1893. He did not seek reelection.

Upon retiring from the U.S. Senate, Felton served as a state prison director from 1903 to 1907. He died at his home in Menlo Park, California, on September 13, 1914. Felton was interred in Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma, California.

The town of Felton, California was named after him.[1]


  1. ^ Rowland 1980, p. 169


  • Rowland, Leon (1980), Santa Cruz – The Early Years, Santa Cruz, California: Paper Vision Press, ISBN 0-934136-04-1

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
United States Representative for the 5th District of California
Succeeded by
Thomas J. Clunie
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
George Hearst
U.S. senator (Class 1) from California
Served alongside: Leland Stanford
Succeeded by
Stephen M. White

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website