Charles A. Washburn

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About Charles A. Washburn

Charles Ames Washburn (1822 – 1889), also known as C. A. Washburn, was born in Livermore, Maine. He was the son of Israel Washburn Sr.; nephew of Reuel Washburn; brother of Israel, Jr., Elihu Benjamin, Cadwallader Colden and William Drew. He went to California for the 1849 Gold Rush.

In 1854 in San Francisco, Washburn and Benjamin Franklin Washington fought a duel with rifles at forty paces. Washburn was severely wounded by the second shot fired at him. Neither died.

Washburn was later Presidential Elector for California, 1860; U.S. Diplomatic Commissioner to Paraguay, 1861-63; U.S. Minister to Paraguay, 1863-68; novelist; and inventor of an early typewriter.

Charles was a U.S. Minister to Paraguay. His commission as Minister was signed by Abraham Lincoln and is in the possession of Mrs. Willis W. Howell of Mt. Vernon, New Jersey

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Charles A. Washburn's Timeline

March 16, 1822
Livermore, Oxford, ME, USA
October 22, 1867
Age 45
Asuncion, Paraguay
Age 44
Age 46
Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine, United States
September 27, 1870
Age 48
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 66
New York, New York, United States