• Charles Addams

    1912 - 1988

    Charles Addams (1912 - 1988)

    Charles Samuel Addams was born in Westfield, New Jersey, the son of Grace M. and Charles Huey Addams, a piano-company executive who had studied to be an architect. He was known as “something of a rascal around the neighborhood” as childhood friends recalled. Charles Addams was distantly related to U.S. presidents John Adams and John […]

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  • Charles Adler Jr.

    1899 - 1980

    Charles Adler Jr. (1899 - 1980)

    Charles Adler, Jr. (June 20, 1899 – October 23, 1980) was an American inventor. An engineer, he invented a number of safety signals, some of which are still in common usage.  Charles Adler, Jr. was a lifelong resident of Baltimore, Maryland. At age 14, he formally started his career as an inventor when he received […]

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  • Charles Aidman

    1925 - 1993

    Charles Aidman (1925 - 1993)

    Aidman was born in Frankfort in Clinton County, Indiana. After graduating from Frankfort High School he served in the United States Navy from 1946-1948 attending officer’s training at DePauw University. He attended Indiana University in Indianapolis.  Among his many television credits, Aidman guest starred on NBC’s The Virginian (in the episode “The Devil’s Children”), and […]

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  • Charles Albert Fechter

    1824 - 1879

    Charles Albert Fechter (1824 - 1879)

    Actor. He was a prominent figure in British theatre. Managed the Globe Theatre in New York City.  (bio by: Laurie)

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  • Charles Alexander

    1897 - 1962

    Charles Alexander (1897 - 1962)

    Author. He wrote such books as “The Fang in the Forest,” “Bobbie, a Great Collie,” the “Abel and Ailse” series and over 200 stories in “Collier’s Sunset” magazine. He won the O. Henry Memorial award with his story “As a Dog Should.” (bio by: Laurie)

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  • Charles Alexander See

    1882 - 1949

    Charles Alexander See (1882 - 1949)

    Founder of See’s Famous Candies (Los Angeles). The candy boxes bear his mother’s picture. (bio by: A.J. Marik)  Family links:  Parents:  Charles Alexander See (1848 – 1919)  Mary Wiseman See (1854 – 1939)  Spouse:  Florence MacLean Wilson See (1885 – 1956)*  Children:  Laurance Alexander See (1912 – 1969)*  Margaret MacLean See Nunez (1913 – 1961)* […]

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  • Charles Alexander Shibell

    1841 - 1908

    Charles Alexander Shibell (1841 - 1908)

    Western Lawman. He headed west to California in 1860 and in 1862 he was a teamster employed by the California Infantry which took him across Arizona. He began ranching near Sonoita, Arizona and lost a number of stock to the Indians. During this time, he was also engaged in mining and some freighting. Later, he […]

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  • Charles Alfred Pillsbury

    1842 - 1899

    Charles Alfred Pillsbury (1842 - 1899)

    Businessman. Founder and namesake of the Pillsbury Company. A New Hampshire native, he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1863. In 1869 he moved to Minneapolis and established the C. A. Pillsbury Flour Company with the assistance of his uncle,  future Minnesota Governor John S. Pillsbury;  it eventually became one of the largest flour-milling enterprises in […]

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  • Charles Allston Collins

    1828 - 1873

    Charles Allston Collins (1828 - 1873)

    Arist, Author. Born in Hampstead, North London, he was the second son of William Collins, R.A., who is buried in St, Mary’s Church in Paddington Green. Like his elder brother, the author William Wilkie Collins, Charles was named after a painter, Washington Allston of Massachussetts. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools and, in 1847, […]

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  • Charles Anderson Dana

    1819 - 1897

    Charles Anderson Dana (1819 - 1897)

    Newspaper publisher. As a reporter for the New York Tribune he gained nationwide fame in the 1840s when he filed widely reprinted stories from Europe on several revolutionary movements. From 1849 to 1862 he was Managing Editor, resigning over personality conflicts with Editor Horace Greeley. Dana was then hired by the War Department to investigate […]

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  • Charles Anson Bond, Sr

    1873 - 1943

    Charles Anson Bond, Sr (1873 - 1943)

    Businessman, Columbus Mayor. Founder and Owner of Bond Clothing, recognized as one of the first chain stores catering to men.  Served as Mayor of Columbus, Ohio from 1908 to 1909. He was said to have made three fountunes during his lifetime and was the consumate salesperson.  His first wife, Blanche Leona Hull, died as a […]

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  • Charles Arthur Floyd

    1904 - 1934

    Charles Arthur Floyd (1904 - 1934)

    Charles Arthur Floyd was born in Bartow County, Georgia in 1904. His family moved to Oklahoma in 1911, and he grew up there. As a youth, he spent considerable time in nearby Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri.  Floyd was first arrested at age 18 after he stole $3.50 in coins from a local post office. Three […]

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  • Charles Atlas

    1892 - 1972

    Charles Atlas (1892 - 1972)

    American Folk Figure. Born Angelo Siciliano in Acri, Calabria, Italy, he and his mother emigrated to the United States in 1904. He grew up in Brooklyn a sickly child. As a teen, he had sand kicked in his face by a lifeguard at Coney Island and resolved to improve his health and physique. Using a […]

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  • Charles Avery

    1873 - 1926

    Charles Avery (1873 - 1926)

    Actor. One of the original seven “Keystone Kops”, he started his career on Broadway before joining the Biograph Company in 1908. A physical actor, he was an important player in a number of Sennett comedies. He claimed to have directed over thirty Fatty Arbuckle comedies in the early days as well as playing in films […]

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  • Charles Bassett

    1931 - 1966

    Charles Bassett (1931 - 1966)

    Bassett was born in Dayton, Ohio, on December 30, 1931. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, where he achieved its second highest rank, Life Scout. After graduating from Berea High School in Berea, Ohio in 1950, he attended Ohio State University from 1950 to 1952, and Texas Technological College, now Texas Tech […]

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  • Charles Baudelaire

    1821 - 1867

    Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867)

    French Poet. Known as “the father of modern criticism.” Charles Baudelaire was born in Paris, where he lived most of his life. His father was a sixty-year-old ex-priest and widower when he married his mother orphan who was twenty-six. His father died in 1827. His stepfather, who became a senator, died in 1857. Baudelaire worshipped […]

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  • Charles Beard

    1874 - 1948

    Charles Beard (1874 - 1948)

    Historian.  Family links:  Parents:  William Henry Harrison Beard (1840 – 1907)  Mary J. Payne Beard (1843 – 1921)  Spouse:  Mary Beard (1876 – 1958)*  Sibling:  Clarence H. Beard (1869 – 1924)*  Charles Beard (1874 – 1948) *Calculated relationship

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  • Charles Beaumont

    1929 - 1967

    Charles Beaumont (1929 - 1967)

    Author and Screenwriter. A specialist in science fiction,  horror, and fantasy, Charles Beaumont gave these genres a contemporary twist with his rather cynical world view and an emphasis on plot rather than atmosphere. Beaumont wrote one novel, “The Intruder” (1959), and the short-story collections “The Hunger” (1957), “Yonder” (1958), “A Touch of the Creature” (1959), […]

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  • Charles Bellinger

    1875 - 1937

    Charles Bellinger (1875 - 1937)

    Businessman, Political Leader. As a boy, he learned the art of dealing a deck of cards and became so good at it he was hired to work as a dealer in a gambling establishment. There he worked until he made his boss wealthy. With a little money he then moved to San Antonio. His luck […]

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  • Charles Berlitz

    1913 - 2003

    Charles Berlitz (1913 - 2003)

    Author of several books on paranormal phenomena including the best selling “The Bermuda Triangle.” Grandson of the founder of the Berlitz language schools. (bio by: Kelly Whyte)  Family links:  Spouse:  Valerie Anne Seary Berlitz (1916 – 2004)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Charles Beyer

    1893 - 1953

    Charles Beyer (1893 - 1953)

    Actor. He began his career as a talent agent in 1920 and presented such stars as: W.C. Fields, Lowell Sherman, May Robson, Richard Dix and Victor McLaglen.  Beyer appeared in 29 films, sometimes credited as Charles Byer. (bio by: TLS)

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  • Charles Bickford

    1891 - 1967

    Charles Bickford (1891 - 1967)

    Actor. Starred in over 90 motion pictures, most notably “The Big Country”, “A Star Is Born”, “Man Behind The Badge”, and “Four Faces West”. (bio by: Frank  Jasinski)

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  • Charles Boyer

    1899 - 1978

    Charles Boyer (1899 - 1978)

    Charles Boyer Born in Figeac, France, he was a distinguished performer who appeared in more than 80 films between 1920 and 1976. He began his career in the theater and made his big screen debut in was “L’homme du large” (1920). Relocating to America, he became a US citizen in 1942 and performed on Broadway, […]

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  • Charles Brabin

    1882 - 1957

    Charles Brabin (1882 - 1957)

    Motion Picture Director. Forgotten today, he was highly esteemed in the years following World War I. His independent production “Driven” (1923, now lost) was hailed as a masterpiece by contemporary critics. On the strength of this picture he was chosen to direct the epic “Ben-Hur” and began shooting in Italy in 1923, but after costly […]

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  • Charles Bradburn

    1970 - 1970

    Charles Bradburn (1970 - 1970)

    Merchant and leader in the organization and development of the Cleveland Public Schools.  Called the “Father of Cleveland Schools”.  He helped to establish Cleveland’s first public high school, Central High School, which opened in 1846. (bio by: Joyce)  Family links:  Spouse:  Eliza Stone Bradburn (1807 – 1865)*  Children:  Charles F Bradburn (1832 – 1857)*  Helen […]

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  • Charles Brasch

    1909 - 1973

    Charles Brasch (1909 - 1973)

    New Zealand poet. In 1947 he launched Landfall, a literary journal that gained an international reputation and influenced New Zealand’s cultural life.

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  • Charles Broadway Rouss

    1836 - 1902

    Charles Broadway Rouss (1836 - 1902)

    Businessman, Philanthropist. Although born in Woodsboro, Maryland, he lived in Winchester, Virginia between the ages of ten and twenty-four. He started his merchant career in Winchester as a store clerk and later owned his own business. He moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1862 where he opposed secession. Apparently having a change of heart, he joined […]

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  • Charles Brockden Brown

    1771 - 1810

    Charles Brockden Brown (1771 - 1810)

    Author. Charles Brockden Brown is regarded as America’s first professional author. Born in Philadelphia,  his ancestors were Quakers who came over from England on the same ship with William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania. In 1797 he quit his law studies and moved to New York City,  where he hoped to make a living as […]

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  • Charles Bronson

    1921 - 2003

    Charles Bronson (1921 - 2003)

    Actor.  Best remembered for his roles in the movies, “The Great Escape” (1963), “The Dirty Dozen” (1967), and the “Death Wish” series of movies.  Born Charles Buchinski in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, to a family of Lithuanian immigrant coal miners, he followed his father and brothers into the coal mines after high school, until World War II, […]

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  • Charles Brooks Jr.

    1942 - 1982

    Charles Brooks Jr. (1942 - 1982)

    Brooks was raised in a wealthy family in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended I.M. Terrell High School (named after its first principal Isaiah Milligan Terrell), where he played football.  He had a prior criminal history, having served time at the United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth for illegal possession of firearms.  On December 14, 1976, Brooks went […]

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