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Pickett, Charles



  • Existence: 1866-1930


Charles Edgar Pickett was born near Bonaparte, Iowa, on January 14, 1866. In 1888, he graduated from the State University of Iowa. Two years later he received his degree from its law school. He began his law practice in Waterloo, Iowa, with the firm of Mullan & Pickett. He became the vice-president of Waterloo's Pioneer National Bank and was a member of Iowa's Board of Regents from 1896 to 1909. Pickett was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in 1909. He served in both the 61st and 62nd Congresses. After an unsuccessful bid for a third term, Pickett returned to his law practice in Waterloo, Iowa. In 1926, he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator. Charles Edgar Pickett died on July 20, 1930, at the age of sixty-four.

Biographical Timeline

January 14, 1866 -- Born Bonaparte, Van Buren County, Iowa; son of Edgar and Glorvina (Ballard) Pickett

1888 -- graduated from State University of Iowa, Iowa City

1890 -- graduated from SUI law school; began law practice in Waterloo, Iowa, with firm of Mullan & Pickett

1896 --1909 -- Vice-president of the Pioneer National Bank (Waterloo) and regent of the State University of Iowa

1899 -- chairman of the Republican State Convention (Iowa)

June 17, 1902 -- married India Parmsley Ryan of Colfax, Iowa

March 4, 1909 -- March 3, 1913 -- served as Republican member, U.S. House of Representatives, 61st and 62nd Congresses

1912 -- unsuccessful candidate for re-election to Congress

1913 -- resumed law practice, Waterloo, Iowa

1916 -- chairman of the Republican State Convention (Iowa)

1920 -- delegate-at-large to Republican National Convention, Chicago

1926 -- unsuccessful candidate for Republican nomination for U.S. Senator

July 20, 1930 -- died, Waterloo, Iowa; interred in Elmwood Cemetery, Waterloo

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Charles E. Pickett Papers

Identifier: msc0171

U.S. Representative from Iowa and attorney. Subject files relating to his Congressional career. Includes campaign materials, and files on conservation, tariffs, pensions, and other subjects.

Dates: 1903-1922