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Charles Durkee

In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1861
Preceded by Isaac Walker
Succeeded by Timothy Howe

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Succeeded by Daniel Wells, Jr.

Born December 10, 1805
Royalton, Vermont
Died January 14, 1870
Omaha, Nebraska
Nationality American
Political party Free-soiler, later Republican

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


Early life

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 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.[1] He died in Omaha, Nebraska while returning home.[2]


A street in the city of Appleton, Wisconsin is named for him.

An elementary school in Kenosha, Wisconsin bore his name for many years. It was demolished in 2008.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William P. Lynde
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Succeeded by
Daniel Wells, Jr.
United States Senate
Preceded by
Isaac P. Walker
United States Senator (Class 3) from Wisconsin
Served alongside: Henry Dodge, James R. Doolittle
Succeeded by
Timothy O. Howe
Political offices
Preceded by
James Duane Doty
Governor of Utah Territory
Succeeded by
John Wilson Shaffer


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