Charles D. Beckwith

Charles Dyer Beckwith (* October 22, 1838 at Coveville, Saratoga County, New York, † March 27, 1921 in Chatham Center, Columbia County, New York ) was an American politician. Between 1889 and 1891 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Charles Beckwith attended private schools in Troy, Philadelphia and Worcester (Massachusetts ). After he graduated from New Haven (Connecticut), a military school. In 1860 he moved to Paterson, New Jersey, where he worked in the iron industry. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Republican Party. In 1882 he became councilor in Paterson; 1885 to 1889 he was mayor there.

In the congressional elections of 1888 Beckwith was in the fifth electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Walter Phelps on March 4, 1889. Since he Democrat Cornelius A. Cadmus defeated in 1890, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1891. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Beckwith took his previous activities on again. Later he returned to the State of New York, where he settled on a farm near Chatham. He died on 27 March 1921.