Charles Pomeroy

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Charles Pomeroy in 1869 or 1870

Charles Pomeroy (September 3, 1825 – February 11, 1891) was a one-term Republican U.S. Representative from Iowa's 6th congressional district.

Born in Meriden, Connecticut, Pomeroy received an academic education. He studied and practiced law. He moved to Iowa in 1855, settling in the now-defunct community of Boonesboro, in Boone County.[1] In addition to practicing law, he engaged in agricultural pursuits. An early Republican, in 1860 he was one of the presidential electors for Abraham Lincoln.[1] He served as receiver of the United States land office at Fort Dodge, Iowa, from September 11, 1861, until March 3, 1869, when he resigned to serve in Congress.

In 1868, Pomeroy was elected as a Republican to represent Iowa's 6th congressional district in the U.S. House the Forty-first Congress. The Sixth District then encompassed the northwestern third of the state, extending from the Missouri River as far east as Waterloo and from the Minnesota state line as far south as Marshalltown.[2] In 1870, he was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination, losing to Jackson Orr.[3] In all, he served from March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1871.

He was a claim agent in Washington, D.C. until his death on February 11, 1891.[1] He was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.

The small town of Pomeroy, Iowa, in Calhoun County, Iowa, was named for him.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Benjamin F. Gue, "History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century," Vol. 4 (Charles Pomeroy), pp. 214 (1902).
  2. ^ Iowa congressional district maps, 1847-2013 Archived 2008-06-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Capt. J. Orr Nominated," Cedar Falls Gazette, 1870-07-22 at p. 2.
  4. ^ "Profile for Pomeroy, Iowa". ePodunk. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Asahel W. Hubbard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jackson Orr

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