Charles J. Folger
|34th United States Secretary of the Treasury|
November 14, 1881 – September 4, 1884
|President||Chester A. Arthur|
|Preceded by||William Windom|
|Succeeded by||Walter Q. Gresham|
|Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals|
May 20, 1880 – November 14, 1881
|Preceded by||Sanford E. Church|
|Succeeded by||Charles Andrews|
|Member of the New York Senate|
from the 26th district
January 1, 1862 – December 31, 1869
|Preceded by||Thomas Hillhouse|
|Succeeded by||Abraham V. Harpending|
April 16, 1818|
Nantucket, Massachusetts, U.S.
September 4, 1884 66) (aged|
Geneva, New York, U.S.
|Education||Hobart College (BA)|
Born in 1818 on the island of Nantucket, when Folger was 12 years old his family moved to Geneva, New York. He later attended Hobart College, where in 1836 he graduated with honors. After his graduation, he studied law with Mark H. Sibley and Alvah Worden in Canandaigua, N.Y. and was admitted to the bar three years later in 1839. He began his practice in Lyons, N.Y., but returned to Geneva in 1840, where he remained for the rest of his life. On June 18, 1844, he married Susan Rebecca Worth.
In 1844, Folger was appointed to the bench of the Ontario County Court of Common Pleas, serving for about a year.
He was a Republican member of the New York State Senate (26th D.) from 1862 to 1869, sitting in the 85th, 86th, 87th, 88th, 89th, 90th, 91st and 92nd New York State Legislatures. During his term he served as President pro tempore for four years and as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Folger served as a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1867–68 and to the 1868 Republican National Convention.
Folger resigned from the State Senate in 1869, having been appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant to Assistant United States Treasurer in New York City. The following year, Folger was elected one of the first judges of the re-organized New York Court of Appeals. After the death of Sanford E. Church, Folger was appointed Chief Judge by Governor Alonzo B. Cornell on May 20, 1880, to fill the vacancy temporarily. In November he was elected to a full 14-year term as Chief Judge.
In 1881, President James Garfield offered Folger the position of Attorney General, which he declined. Later that year, he resigned from the bench to accept an appointment by President Chester Arthur to serve as Secretary of the Treasury. In 1883 he appointed Mifflin E. Bell to the Office of the Supervising Architect.
Folger died on September 4, 1884, at his home on Main Street in Geneva, NY. He was buried at Glenwood Cemetery, Geneva, at the side of his wife who had died seven years earlier.
The Geneva Fire Department's C.J. Folger Hook & Ladder Co. #1 is named in his honor, as is Folger Park in Washington, D.C. In 1879 and 1880, a company of the New York National Guard was organized in Geneva and named the Folger Independent Corps in honor of Folger. The unit became the 34th Independent Company and served during the Spanish–American War as Company B, 3rd New York Infantry Regiment. The unit currently exists as Co. D, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, based in Ithaca.
- Political Graveyard
- Appointed Secretary of the Treasury, in NYT on October 28, 1881, with short bio
- Obit in NYT on September 5, 1884
- The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (page 362; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
- Charles J. Folger at Find a Grave
|New York State Senate|
| Member of the New York Senate
from the 26th district
Abraham V. Harpending
Sanford E. Church
| Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
| United States Secretary of the Treasury
Walter Q. Gresham
|Party political offices|
Alonzo B. Cornell
| Republican nominee for Governor of New York