CHARLES R. TRUESDALE, a prominent member of the bar at Youngstown, and a survivor of the great Civil War to
which he devoted four years of his early manhood, in which for loyalty's sake he suffered hardship and imprisonment,
was born in Mahoning County, Ohio, September 15, 1841, and is a son of Alexander and Harriet (Leach) Truesdale.
Mr. Truesdale comes of Revolutionary stock, his grandfather, John Truesdale, having served under General Washington.
His father. Alexander Truesdale, was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, and was one of six brothers, who
came to Mahoning County as pioneers, he being at that time 15 years of age. Subsequently he married Harriet Leach,
who, with her two sisters and the father, came to Mahoning County, from Morristown, New Jersey. Alexander Truesdale
and wife had ten children, the youngest, Joseph, perishing in the Civil War. The mother died in 1866 and was survived
by the father until 1874.
From the farm and the school room, Charles R. Truesdale went into the Union army, in August, 1861, serving faithfully
until the close of the war, under two enlistments. His first service was as a private of Company E, Second Regiment,
Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and later, after reenlistment, as a non-commissioned officer in the same company. He participated
in all of the important engagements in which his regiment took partand, although he escaped injury of a permanent
nature, he was twice made a prisoner of war. He was captured first in 1863, at Greenville, Eastern Tennessee, but
made his escape and rejoined his regiment. His second adventure of this kind was in July, 1864, at Monocacy Junction,
Maryland. He was held a prisoner, first at Danville and later. at Libby Prison, until his exchange, February 22,
1865, but was kept on parole until his discharge in the following June.
Upon his return, with a soldier's record of which he has every reason to. be proud, he completed his education
at the Western Reserve College, graduating in the class of 1871. After a period of law reading in the office of
Taylor & Jones, at Warren, Ohio, Mr. Truesdale was admitted to the bar in 1872, and entered upon the practice
of his profession at Youngstown. He was ambitious and entered into local politics, and in 1875 was elected prosecuting
attorney of Mahoning County, in which office he served most efficiently through two terms. Since retiring there
from he has devoted himself to a large private practice and has long been recognized as one of the leading men
of his profession in the city. His office is at No. 22 South Phelps street.
In 1872, the year of his admission to the bar, Mr. Truesdale was married to Louise M. Jacobs, a daughter of Nicholas
Jacobs, of Coitsville, Ohio. Of this union there were two children - Joseph R. and Phoebe K.
Joseph R. Truesdale is a graduate of Princeton University, class of 1904, and of Columbia Law School, 1907, and
is now entering upon the practice of his profession in New York City. The daughter, Phoebe K. Truesdale, a graduate
of Vassar College, class of 1899, resides with her father. Mr. Truesdale, with his family, belongs to the Presbyterian
Church. January 1, 1902, Mr. Truesdale was bereaved of his wife, who was a lady of many virtues and beautiful Christian
In his political sentiments, Mr. Truesdale has always been affiliated with the Republican party. Fraternally he
is a Mason; he belongs also to the Grand Army of the Republic.
20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897
Mahoning County, Ohio Biographies
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