Chase, Charles M.
Age: 0, credited to Lyndon, VT
Unit(s): 13th IL INF
Service: 13th IL INF, BNDMSTR
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Birth: 1829, Lyndon, VT
Burial: Lyndon Center Cemetery, Lyndon, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 35225038
Alias?: None noted
College?: DC 53
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: Letters, Diary and other material, at the State Historical Society of Missouri
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Chase, Charles M., son of Epaphras Bull and Louisa (Baldwin) Chase, was born in Lyndon, Nov. 6, 1829.
He received his preparatory education in the academies of Lyndon, St. Johnsbury, and Meriden, N. H., and was afterwards graduated from Dartmouth College in the class of 1853. He then pursued his professional studies with President Allen of Farmer's College, Cincinnati, and in 1857 was admitted to the bar in Sycamore, Ill., where he commenced the practice of his profession, at the same time editing the DeKalb County Sentinel and teaching music, thus continuing until the breaking out of the civil war. In 1863-'64 he was in Kansas, a portion of the time employed as city editor of the Leavenworth Daily Times, and having charge of the musical association of that city. For some time he traveled in the state as correspondent of the Sycamore Republican, describing the bloody struggles that took place during the episodes of 1856. In 1865 he commenced the publication of the Vermont Union at Lyndon, which he still continues. In connection with this enterprise he has made numerous trips in Florida, California, the western and the southern states as correspondent of his own paper, one of these trips being published in book form under the title of "Editor's Run in New Mexico and Colorado." The book received numerous compliments from the press and had quite an extensive sale.
During the first years after leaving college, Mr. Chase divided his time between studying law and teaching in Cincinnati, O., having charge for three years of the vocal music department in Ohio Female College and Farmer's College, conducting conventions, giving concerts, etc. During this period he composed different church tunes, which were published in the books of that date and later.
Mr. Chase enlisted in 1861, and had charge of the brigade band of the 13th Ill. Vols. till their discharge at the end of three months service in Southwestern Missouri.
He was married June 15, 1865, at Sycamore, Ill., to Mary E., daughter of Timothy and Mary (Waterman) Wells. Their five children are: Everett B., John B., George A., Jennie H., and Nellie L.
Mr. Chase is Democratic in his political adherence, and for several years held the office of police magistrate in Sycamore. For twenty years he has been justice of the peace in Lyndon. He was the prime mover in securing the charter for the Lyndon Academy and Graded School, being for a long time president of the board of directors. In 1866-'68 he was the Democratic candidate for Congress in the First Vermont District, and was appointed delegate to the national convention of that party in St. Louis in 1876. His ability as a financier has called him to the duties of director in the Lyndon National Bank and the Savings Bank & Trust Co. of St. Johnsbury, of which he has been president since 1891.
He has taken the vows of Free Mason, and is actively connected with the lodge at Lyndon and Haswell Chapter in St. Johnsbury.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 69.