George Charles (Lawrence County)
State House: 1870-1871
Born: c. 1832 in Alabama
Charles is listed on the 1870 census in Brookhaven, Mississippi, with wife Julia and two sons. His occupation is given as “Member legislature.” By 1880, Charles had moved to Topeka, Kansas, where he is listed with Julia and son George W. (1858-1926). He mended shoes, and his son was a confectioner. The Charles family supported the movement for African Americans to set up their own new country in Liberia.
Note: in some of the clippings below, it is unclear whether George Charles Sr. or Jr. is the subject.