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Charles Durkee (December 10, 1805 _ January 14, 1870) was an American politician and a Congressman and Senator from Wisconsin.


Durkee was born in Royalton, Vermont. He became a merchant and moved to Wisconsin in 1836. There he became involved in agriculture and lumbering, and was a founder of the town of Southport (later Kenosha, Wisconsin). He entered politics, serving two terms in the territorial legislature. He became a member of the Free Soil Party and was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1848 as part of Wisconsin's first full congressional delegation. He served in the House for two terms, until 1853. In 1854, he switched to the newly formed United States Republican Party and was elected to the United States Senate by the Wisconsin state legislature. He served for one term, from 1855 to 1861. In 1865 he became governor of the Utah territory, and served in that position until 1869 when he resigned because of ill health. He died in Nebraska while returning home.




Preceded by:
William P. Lynde
U.S. Congressman
(WI 1st District)

1849–1853
Succeeded by:
Daniel Wells, Jr.







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Charles H. passed his boyhood in La Fayette and Iowa counties, Wisconsin, where his father was an early settler; there he attended the common schools and worked on his father's farm until he was eighteen years old; he then clerked in his brother's hotel for a period of four years.
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