Archives of Maryland
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Charles Joseph Bonaparte (1851-1921)
MSA SC 3520-1972


Born June 9, 1851, Baltimore, Maryland. Son of Jerome and Susan May (Williams) Bonaparte. Grandson of Jerome Bonaparte and Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte. Married Ellen Channin Day, September 1, 1875. Attended School of Mr. Alfred Bujac; School of Rev. George F. Morrison; Harvard College, B.A., 1871; Harvard Law School, LL.D., 1874. Admitted to bar, 1874. Died June 28, 1921, at "Belle Vista" Long Green Valley, Baltimore County. Buried at Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.

Practiced law in Baltimore. One of the original Trustees of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. President, and Trustee of Catholic University. Founder and Member Civic Service Reform Association of Maryland, 1881. Founder of the Baltimore Reform League, 1885. Supervisor of elections, 1895. Special counsel to prosecute alleged frauds in the postal service under President Roosevelt. U.S. Secretary of the Navy, 1905-1906. U. S. Attorney General, 1906-1909.

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