Sep. 21, 1847 Martinsburg Berkeley County West Virginia, USA
Jan. 13, 1929 Martinsburg Berkeley County West Virginia, USA
Senator. Charles was born in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia) at Boydville, the family estate. He received the best education a child could imagine, attending private schools in Ellicott City, Maryland, Paris, France and Switzerland. All before the age of fifteen. In 1862 he entered the Virginia Military Institute and served in the Cadet Corps at the Battle of New Market. Later in the war he was assigned to the staff of General Breckenridge and ultimately to the staff of General Henry Wise. He surrendered with General Wise at Appomattox. After the war he entered the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and graduated in 1868. He was admitted to the bar in 1868 and was judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit of West Virginia from 1800 until 1887. In 1887 he was elected to the United States Senate and re-elected in 1893. During his two terms of service, he was a member of several committees, including Judiciary, Appropriations, District of Columbia, Pacific Railroads, Territories, Indian Depredations, Claims and others. One notable event was a filibuster he delivered to defeat the Force Bill, which lasted a full 24 hours and ended in success. With the Democratic party, he was chairman of the Democratic State Convention in 1888 and 1892, and was chairman of the Congressional Committee in 1894, 1896 and 1898. While a senator, President McKinley appointed him to the Anglo-American Commission to promote a closer relationship between the governments of the United States, Great Britain and Canada. He was also appointed by Governor Howard M. Gore of West Virginia to represent Berkeley County in the State Historical Society. Socially, Senator Faulkner was chosen grand master of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia Masons in 1879. He was later initiated into the Society of The Ravens of the University of Virginia in 1909, and to the Society of Phi Beta Kappa of Virginia in 1912. He was a member of the Metropolitan Club of Washington, the Delta Psi of the University of Virginia, the American Geographical Society of New York, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. After is polical service, he continue the practice of law and was counsel for several railroads, banks and trust companies. When he died, he died where he had been born, at Boydville in Martinsburg. (bio by: Jonathan Coulter)
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In remembrance of your exploits on this day 150 years ago in the Battle of New Market. Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets Class of 1866 - New Market Cadet. -
John Gillespie Added: May. 15, 2014