Charles Branscomb

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Charles Branscomb
Kansas Territorial representative
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
1867–1869
United States consul to England
In office
1869–1874
Personal details
Born(1822-06-16)June 16, 1822
Newmarket, New Hampshire
DiedJanuary 3, 1891(1891-01-03) (aged 68)
Denver, Colorado
Political partyRepublican
Prohibition[1]
Spouse(s)Georgia Hubbard Branscomb (first)
Emily Taylor Branscomb (second)[2]
EducationDartmouth College (B.A.)
Cambridge Law School (J.D.)

Charles Henry Branscomb (June 16, 1822 – January 3, 1891) was a person in the New England Emigrant Aid Society. He and Charles L. Robinson helped create the city of Lawrence, Kansas in 1854.

Life[change | change source]

Branscomb was born in Newmarket, New Hampshire on June 16, 1822.[3][4] He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1845, and he graduated from Cambridge in 1848.[5] In the 1850s, he joined the New England Emigrant Aid Company.

In 1854, he and Charles Robinson went to the Kansas Territory. They were looking for a good place to make a city.[5][6] They found a place, and it became Lawrence, Kansas. He led the first people to Lawrence.[7][8]

In the 1860s, Branscomb moved to St. Louis.[9] In 1874, he came back to Lawrence. He ran for Governor of Kansas, but he lost.[2][1] In 1890, he moved to Denver, Colorado. He died on January 3, 1891 of pneumonia.[2][10]

Election history[change | change source]

Governor's election in Kansas, 1886[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Martin 149,715 54.74
Democratic Thomas Moonlight 115,667 42.29
Prohibition Charles Branscomb 8,094 2.96
Total votes 273,476 99.99
Republican hold


References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "KS Governor [1886]". Our Campaigns. Retrieved August 7, 2018. Note: the website misspells Branscomb's last name as "Brancombe".
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Charles H. Branscomb". Lawrence Daily Journal. February 21, 1891. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  3. "Newmarket Town Records" (PDF). The New Hampshire Genealogical Record. 6 (1): 158. 1909. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  4. Chapman, George (1867). Sketches of the Alumni of Dartmouth College. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Riverside Press. p. 354.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Blackmar, Frank, ed. (1912). "Branscomb, Charles H.". Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, etc. Chicago, IL: Standard Publishing Company. p. 230. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  6. Cordley, Richard (1895). A History of Lawrence, Kansas: From the Earliest Settlement to the Close of the Rebellion. Lawrence, KS: Lawrence Journal Press. p. 3-4.
  7. Cordley, Richard (1895). A History of Lawrence, Kansas: From the Earliest Settlement to the Close of the Rebellion. Lawrence, KS: Lawrence Journal Press. p. 4-5.
  8. Connelley, William (1918). A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans. Chicago, IL: Lewis Publishing Company. p. 360.
  9. "A Good Candidate". Daily Kansas Tribune. October 23, 1866. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  10. "Chas. H. Branscomb Dead: One of the Earliest Settlers of Lawrence Dies at Denver". Lawrence Daily Gazette. February 4, 1891. Retrieved August 7, 2018.