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Charles James Faulkner


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 10th & 8th district and West Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1859
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877
Preceded by Richard Parker
Alexander Holladay
John Hagans
Succeeded by Zedekiah Kidwell
Alexander Boteler
Benjamin F. Martin

Born July 6, 1806(1806-07-06)
Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), U.S.
Died November 1, 1884 (aged 78)
Martinsburg, West Virginia, U.S.
Political party Whig, Democrat
Spouse(s) Mary Wagner Boyde Faulkner
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Charles James Faulkner (July 6, 1806 – November 1, 1884) was a nineteenth century politician and lawyer from Virginia and West Virginia. He was the father of Charles James Faulkner.

Born in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), Faulkner graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1822, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1829. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1829 to 1834 and was a commissioner from Virginia to handle the disputed boundaries between that Virginia and Maryland. He was a member of the Virginia State Senate from 1838 to 1842, served in the House of Delegates again in 1848 and 1849 and was a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention in 1850. In 1848 he introduced in the Virginia House of Delegates a law after which the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was modeled. [1]

Faulkner was elected a Whig and Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1850, serving from 1851 to 1859. There, he served as chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs from 1857 to 1859. He was appointed by President James Buchanan Minister to France in 1860, serving until he was arrested in August, 1861 on charges of negotiating sales of arms for the Confederacy while in Paris, France. Faulkner was released in December after negotiating his own exchange for Alfred Ely, a New York congressman who was captured at the First Battle of Bull Run. Afterward, he enlisted in the Confederate Army and was assistant adjutant general on the staff of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

Faulkner engaged in railroad enterprises after the war and was a member of the West Virginia Constitutional Convention again in 1872. He was elected back to the House of Representatives as a Democrat from West Virginia in 1874, serving again from 1875 to 1877. Afterward, he resumed practicing law until his death at the family estate called "Boydville" near Martinsburg, West Virginia on November 1, 1884. Faulkner was interred in the family cemetery on the estate.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard Parker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 10th congressional district

1851 – 1853
Succeeded by
Zedekiah Kidwell
Preceded by
Alexander Holladay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 8th congressional district

1853 – 1859
Succeeded by
Alexander Boteler
Preceded by
John Hagans
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 2nd congressional district

1875 – 1877
Succeeded by
Benjamin F. Martin
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Y. Mason
U.S. Minister to France
1860 – 1861
Succeeded by
William L. Dayton

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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