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Charles Stewart Todd

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Lincoln Co., KY
Death: May 16, 1871 (80)
Baton Rouge, LA
Place of Burial: Rosehill Elmwood CemeteryOwensboro Daviess County Kentucky
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Son of Thomas Todd, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and Elizabeth Todd
Husband of Letitia Todd
Father of Letitia Shelby Carter; Virginia Shelby Griffith; Elizabeth Richards Russell; Isaac Shelby Todd; Thomas Todd and 7 others
Brother of John Harris Todd; Elizabeth Todd; Ann Maria Todd and Harry Innes Todd
Half brother of James Madison Todd; William j Todd and Madisonia Todd

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About Charles Stewart Todd

One of his grandsons (also Charles Stewart Todd and not a direct relation to Maria) was killed during the Civil War. He was a captain in the Union Army. (in Russian--primarily about his years in Russia)

Colonel Charles Stewart Todd, from Kentucky, served with the Kentucky Militia in the War of 1812 and with General William Henry Harrison in his victory over the Indian leader Tecumesh. He was named Secretary of State of the State of Kentucky in 1816 at the age of 25. In 1820, he became U.S. Minister to Colombia. In 1841 President John Tyler named him Minister to Russia.

In his mission to Colombia, he landed in La Guaira, went to Caracas, and from there traveled by land to Bogota (passing through Merida).

US Diplomat. The son in law of Kentucky Governor Isaac Shelby, he graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1809, and studied law before accepting a commission in the Army, where he attained the rank of Captain. He served during the War of 1812 and fought with William Henry Harrison in Harrison's victory over the forces of Native American leader Tecumseh. Todd was later appointed a Colonel in the Kentucky Militia, and served as Kentucky's Secretary of State from 1816 to 1818. In 1818 he was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives, where he served until 1820.

That year he was appointed US Confidential Agent to Colombia and Venezuela, where he served until 1823, and played an important role in establishing formal diplomatic relations with both countries. After returning to the United States he was a farmer, lawyer and newspaper editor. During Harrison's 1840 campaign for President, Todd was one of the authors of the book "A Sketch of the Life and Public Services of William Henry Harrison". 

He was named US Minister to Russia in 1841, and served until 1846. He later served as US Internal Revenue Assessor in Owensboro. A relative of Abraham Lincoln's wife Mary Todd Lincoln, at the start of the Civil War he made news when at age 71 he wrote to representatives of the Lincoln administration, offering to serve in the Union Army.

Charles Stewart Todd (January 22, 1791 – May 17, 1871) was an American military officer and government official.

The son of Supreme Court Associate Justice Thomas Todd, he was born near Danville, Kentucky, and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1809. He was a subaltern and judge-advocate of General James Winchester's division in the War of 1812. In 1813, he was made a captain of infantry, and was an aide to General William Henry Harrison in the Battle of the Thames. In March, 1815, he was made Aide-de-Camp to Governor Isaac Shelby, with the rank of colonel.

In 1817, he was appointed Secretary of State of Kentucky. In 1820, Todd was appointed a Confidential Agent to Gran Colombia, where he would remain until 1824. From 1841 to 1846 he served as the fifteenth United States Ambassador to Russia. He died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Todd married Isaac Shelby's youngest daughter, Letitia, on 15 June 1816. They had twelve children.

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Charles Stewart Todd's Timeline

January 22, 1791
Lincoln Co., KY
April 17, 1817
Age 26
December 25, 1818
Age 27
December 1, 1820
Age 29
July 16, 1822
Age 31
January 13, 1825
Age 33
September 28, 1826
Age 35
October 7, 1828
Age 37
September 5, 1830
Age 39