Charles West Kendall

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Charles West Kendall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's At-Large district
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1875
Preceded byThomas Fitch
Succeeded byWilliam Woodburn
Member of the California State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born(1828-04-22)April 22, 1828
Searsmont, Maine
DiedJune 25, 1914(1914-06-25) (aged 86)
Mount Rainier, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, Librarian, Editor, Proprietor, Miner

Charles West Kendall (April 22, 1828 – June 25, 1914) was an American politician, lawyer, librarian, editor, proprietor and miner in California, Nevada and Colorado.


Charles West Kendall was born in Searsmont, Maine, on April 22, 1828. Kendall attended Phillips Academy and Yale College. He moved to California in 1849, where he engaged in mining. He became editor and proprietor of the San Jose Tribune from 1855 to 1859.

Kendall studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1859, after which he commenced a practice in Sacramento, California. He was a member of the California State Assembly in 1862 and 1863, representing Tuolumne and Mono counties, and then moved to Hamilton, Nevada where he continued to practice law. Kendall was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1870, serving from 1871 to 1875, declining to be a candidate for renomination in 1874. Afterwards, he moved to Denver, Colorado and resumed practicing law. He served as assistant librarian in the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington, D.C., from 1892 until his death in Mount Rainier, Maryland, on June 25, 1914. Kendall was interred in Congressional Cemetery in Washington.


  • United States Congress. "Charles West Kendall (id: K000090)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Charles West Kendall at Find a Grave
Political offices
Preceded by
William M. Buell, Francis Sorrell
California State Assemblyman, 12th District
(with B. K. Davis/Nelson M. Orr, Tim N. Machin)
Succeeded by
Three members
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Fitch
United States House of Representatives, Nevada At-Large
Succeeded by
William Woodburn