Charles Albright (congressman)

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Charles Albright
Charles Albright congressman - Brady-Handy.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byDistrict eliminated
Personal details
Born(1830-12-13)December 13, 1830
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
DiedSeptember 28, 1880(1880-09-28) (aged 49)
Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican
Alma materDickinson College
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Union Army
Years of service1861–1863
RankUnion Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brevet Brigadier General
Commands132nd Pennsylvania Infantry
34th Pennsylvania Militia Regiment
202nd Pennsylvania Infantry
Lehigh District
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Charles Albright (December 13, 1830 – September 28, 1880) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


Charles Albright was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1852 and commenced practice in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania. Moving to the Territory of Kansas in 1854, Albright participated in its early development; though he returned to Pennsylvania and resumed the practice of law in Mauch Chunk in 1856. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1860 and 1872.

During the American Civil War, Albright served in the Union Army as major of the 132nd Pennsylvania Infantry. Honorably mustered out with his regiment and the rank of colonel on May 24, 1863; he was recommissioned as colonel of the Thirty-fourth Pennsylvania Militia during the Gettysburg Campaign on July 3, 1863, and honorably mustered out again on August 10, 1863. About a year later, on September 4, 1864; he was recommissioned as colonel of the 202nd Pennsylvania Infantry. On March 7, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln nominated Albright to the honorary grade of brevet brigadier general, U.S. Volunteers, to rank from March 7, 1865 and the U.S. Senate confirmed the award on March 10, 1865.[1] Albright was honorably mustered out August 3, 1865.

After the war, he resumed the practice of law in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania.

Albright was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1874. He resumed the practice of law and also engaged in manufacturing in Mauch Chunk until his death there in 1880.


  1. ^ Eicher and Eicher, 2001, p. 739


  • United States Congress. "Charles Albright (id: A000077)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-02-14
  • Eicher, John H., and Eicher, David J. Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.
  • The Political Graveyard
  • "Charles Albright". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
Served alongside: Lemuel Todd and Glenni W. Scofield
Succeeded by
District eliminated