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Anthony, Charles

Born: 1798-03-31 Richmond, Virginia

Died: 1862-05-10 Springfield, Ohio

Flourished: Springfield, Ohio

Charles Anthony was a lawyer, state legislator, and a militia officer. The son of Quakers, Anthony moved with his family to Clinton County, Ohio, a Quaker enclave, in 1811, where he received his education. He moved to Cincinnati to read law, and he earned admission to the Ohio bar in 1820. In March 1820, he married Elizabeth Evans, with whom he would have nine children. In 1824, Anthony moved his family to Springfield, Ohio, where he opened a law practice. He was a partner in the law firm of Anthony & Goode with James S. Goode. In addition to his legal practice, Anthony joined the Clark County Militia, serving as an officer in several companies from 1825 to 1847. Anthony represented Clark County for three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives and one in the Ohio State Senate. He was an active Mason, serving as Grand Master of the Ohio Masons in 1832. From 1840 to 1844, he was U.S. attorney for Ohio. Elizabeth Anthony died in 1841, and in 1844, Charles married Mary E. Hulsey, with whom he had seven children. During the Mexican War, Anthony served as brigadier general of the Third Brigade, Fifth Division of the Ohio Militia. In 1850, he was president of the Springfield Gas & Coke Company. At that time, he held real property valued at $28,000. By 1860, he owned real property valued at $50,000 and had a personal estate of $2,000.

The History of Hardin County, Ohio (Chicago: Warner, Beers, 1883), 372; Benjamin F. Prince, ed., The Centennial Celebration of Springfield, Ohio, Held August 4th to 10th, 1901 (Springfield, OH: Springfield Publishing, 1901), 162; The History of Clark County, Ohio (Chicago: W.H. Beers, 1881), 473; Benjamin F. Prince, A Standard History of Springfield and Clark County, Ohio (Chicago: American Historical Society, 1922), 1:268, 2:3; Grand Lodge of Ohio, "1832, Charles Anthony," in Past Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge of Ohio (Springfield, OH, 2012),, accessed 8 July 2021; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Springfield, Clark County, OH, 202; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Springfield, Clark County, OH, 105; Gravestone, Columbia Street Cemetery, Springfield, OH.