Fairbanks, Charles W. (Charles Warren), 1852-1918

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Birth 1852-05-11
Death 1918-06-04

Biographical notes:

Lawyer, U.S. Senator, and U.S. vice president; of Indiana.

From the description of Charles Warren Fairbanks typed letter signed, 1906 Jan. 8. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 289017626

Fairbanks was a lawyer and politician. He served in the U.S. Senate and as Vice President under Theodore Roosevelt. Fairbanks practiced law in Indianapolis, Ind. for many years, returning there after his term as Vice President.

From the description of Letter, 1899 Feb. 17, Washington D.C. [to] William E. English, Indianapolis, Ind. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 38175893

U.S. vice president and U.S. senator from Indiana.

From the description of Charles W. Fairbanks papers, 1902-1913. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450187

American lawyer and political leader, who served one term as vice president under Theodore Roosevelt.

From the description of Letter, 1904. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122424901

From the guide to the Charles W. Fairbanks letter, 1904, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Lawyer, Indianapolis, Indiana; Indiana senator, 1897-1905; U.S. vice president, 1905-1909.

From the description of Letter : Washington, D.C., to W.S. McKean, [Washington, D.C.], 1903 Feb. 20. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 30366299

Charles W. Fairbanks (1852-1918), born near Unionville Center, Ohio, received degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1872 and 1875. He studied law in Cleveland, Ohio and was called to the Bar in 1874. That year he married Cornelia Cole, and the union would bare five children. Fairbanks practiced railroad law in Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana, and ventured into politics in 1888 as leader of Walter Q. Gresham's campaign. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1897 and 1903, and resigned to serve as vice-president under Theodore Roosevelt (1905-1909). After leaving federal politics he sat on the board of Methodist Hospital and served as president of the Indiana State Forestry Association.

From the description of Papers, 1876-1928, bulk 1876-1904. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 47932790

U.S. senator from Indiana and vice-president of the United States.

From the description of Papers, 1819-1939. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 52606223

U.S. senator from Indiana and vice-president of the United States.

Career of Charles Warren Fairbanks:

  • May 11, 1852: Born, in Union county, Ohio.
  • 1872: A.B., Ohio Wesleyan University.
  • 1872 - 1874 : Employed as an Associated press agent, first at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then at Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 1874: Admitted to the Ohio bar.
  • October 6, 1874: Married Cornelia Cole.
  • 1874: Established a law office in Indianapolis, Indiana; primarily a railroad attorney.
  • 1888 - 1918 : Active in politics.
  • 1892, 1898 and 1914: Chairman, Indiana Republican conventions.
  • 1893: Unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senate.
  • 1896, 1900, 1904, and 1912: Delegate to the Republican national conventions.
  • 1896: Keynote speaker.
  • 1897 - 1905 : U.S. Senator from Indiana.
  • 1898: Chairman, American commissioners on the United States and British joint high commission for the adjustment of Canadian questions.
  • 1905 - 1909 : Vice-president of the U.S.
  • 1909 - 1910 : Toured the world.
  • 1916: Unsuccessful candidate for vice-president.
  • June 4, 1918: Died.

Charles Warren Fairbanks was also a trustee of Ohio Wesleyan University, American University, and DePauw University; a regent of the Smithsonian Institution; president of the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Indiana Forestry Association.

From the guide to the Fairbanks mss., 1819-1939, (Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington) http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly)


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