Biography of Charles G. Champlin


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Champlin, Charles G. -The city of Watertown is justly proud of its efficient police department of which Mr. Champlin has been for many years its chief. He was born in Brownvifle, Jefferson county, May 2, 1843, and educated in the local schools. In 1862, when but nineteen years of age, he enlisted in the 10th N. Y. Artillery, and served in the defense of Washington until the battle of Cold Harbor, in which he took part under the command of Col. Piper; he was also in the battle of Petersburg and assisted in the capture of that Confederate stronghold. He accompanied Sheridan through the Shenandoah Valley and was honorably discharged in August, 1865, having been promoted to duty sergeant of the company. At the close of the war he returned to Watertown and found himself like other young men who had spent the best years of their life in defense of their country,. without an education, a trade, or means with which to embark in a commercial enterprise. He gladly accepted a position in the manufacturing concern of O. G. Staples, and afterwards worked for two years in the factory of Gilderoy Lord, at the end of which time Mr. Lord was elected mayor and immediately appoin ted Mr. Champlin sub-policeman. So satisfactory were his services, that in 1883 he was promoted to chief of police, which position he has held uninterruptedly ever since. He is a Democrat in politics, a member of the G. A. R. and Odd Fellows. He married Nancy Merrill, and they have one child, Eva, who is still at home and obtaining an education in the city schools.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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