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FARWELL, Charles Benjamin, senator, born in Painted Post, N. ¥., 1 July 1823. He was educated at Ehnira academy, removed to Illinois in 1838, and was employed in government surveying and farming until 1844, when he engaged in the real estate business and banking in Chicago. He was elected County clerk in 1853, and reelected to this office in 1857. Subsequently he engaged in mercantile pursuits, and became a member of the firm of John V. Farwell and Company. He was appointed a member of the state board of equalization in 1867, chairman of the board of supervisors in 1868, and National bank examiner in 1869. In 1871 he was elected to congress as a Republican, and served on the committee on banking and currency, and as chairman of that on manufactures. He remained in congress till 1876, when the house decided that J. V. Le Movne was entitled to his seat. On the death of General John A. Logan he was in 1887 elected U. S. senator from Illinois.
His brother, John Yilliers Farwell, merchant, born in Meads Creek, Steuben County, New York, 29 July 1825, was graduated at Mount Morris seminary, I11., in 1844. In 1860 he was a presidential elect0r on the Republican ticket, and he held the office of Indian commissioner during President Grant's first term, and traveled 10,000 miles in this service. In connection with his brother, he is now (1887) building the state house of Texas for 3,000,000 acres of land.
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