Charles Skelton

Charles Skelton ( born April 19, 1806 Buckingham, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, † May 20 1879 in Trenton, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1851 and 1855 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Charles Skelton attended the public schools of his home and the Trenton Academy. Around the year 1829 he moved to Trenton, where he worked in the trade. In 1835 he moved to Philadelphia, where at Jefferson Medical College, he studied medicine until 1838. After qualifying as a doctor he started practicing there in this profession. In 1841 he returned to Trenton. In 1848 he was school board in this city. Politically, Skelton joined the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1850 he was in the second electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William A. Newell on March 4, 1851. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1855 two legislative sessions. These were determined by the events leading up to the Civil War. It focused mainly on the question of slavery.

In 1854, Skelton gave up another Congress candidate. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he again worked as a doctor; 1873-1875 he was a member of the Common Council. He died on 20 May 1879 in Trenton.

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