Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-185
Location: LH-185

(Description ID: 595265)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Charles G. Wilson


Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content

For further information about the Wilson family of Fremont, Ohio, consult the Dr. James W. Wilson Papers (LH-186) and the Dr. John B. Rice Papers (LH-30).

Biographical Sketch
Charles Granville Wilson was born in Fremont, Ohio, June 27, 1846, to Dr. James and Nancy Justice Wilson. Dr. Wilson was an early physician in northwest Ohio and later vice-president and president of the First National Bank of Fremont and a director of the Fremont Savings Bank and Company.. Charles attended preparatory schools in Painesville and Gambier, Ohio, and graduated from Kenyon College in 1868. He began the study of law in the Fremont office of Buckland, Everett, and Fowler and continued his studies at Harvard Law School. After graduating in 1871 he moved to Toledo, Ohio, and began practicing law with Charles Pratt and Charles Starr.

In addition to his law practice, Charles was kept busy overseeing his various business interests including farm lands, oil wells, and his family’s numerous real estate holdings in Fremont and Toledo. In 1905, after the death of his father, Charles was named president of the First National Bank of Fremont, a position he held until his death.

Charles married Cornelia L. Amsden September 6, 1876, in Fremont. The couple had two children, a daughter Cornelia A., who married William F. Johnson of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a son Justice, who married Marian Sneath of Tiffin, Ohio. Charles died August 1, 1924, in Toledo, his wife having preceded him in 1911.

Scope and Content
The bulk of this collection consists of business papers of Charles G. Wilson. The papers include farm income records, oil business statements, and accounts of the family’s real estate holdings. Charles served as trustee for his sister, Mary C. Rice, under the terms of their father’s will and these accounts are found in this collection. There is also a photograph of a young man, presumably Charles, sitting in what appears to be a law office.

Additional items in this collection are from other members of the Wilson family. There are numerous letters from Charles’ sister Sarah. Nearly all were written to her mother while Sarah attended school in Granville, Ohio, just prior to the Civil War. Some of these letters refer to Fremont events and residents as well as Sarah’s school activities. There are also medical essays and admission cards to medical classes for Dr. James W. Wilson, the father of Charles.

½ linear ft.

Box 1
Folder  1 Correspondence: Sarah Wilson Rice to mother n.d.
            2 Correspondence: Sarah Wilson Rice to mother 1858
            3 Correspondence: Sarah Wilson Rice to mother 1859
            4 Correspondence: Sarah Wilson Rice to mother 1860
            5 Correspondence: Miscellaneous Family Letters, Invitations, Calling Cards
            6 Correspondence: Miscellaneous Medical
            7 Sketches (lot and structure) and Computations
            8 Admission Cards for Medical Classes
            9 Medical Essays
            10 Congressional Speeches
            11 News clippings, Printed Matter
            12 Broadsides and Handbills
            13 Photographs, Three Cloth Bags  

Box 2
Folder  1 Business Receipts 1899-1907
            2 Statements of Receipts - Farms 1904-1906
            3 Flat Building (Toledo) Construction 1906-1907
            4 Statements of Account - Oil Business 1903-1920
            5 Statements of Account - June 1904 - June 1907
            6 Statements of Account - January 1912 - June 1913
            7 Statements of Account - January 1914 - June 1916
            8 Statements of Account - July 1917 - December 1918
            9 Trustee’s Account 1910-1918
            10 Membership List for DeMars Point Club, n. d.