CARRIGAN

CHARLES E. CARRIGAN, MOUNDSVILLE

From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

     Charles E. Carrigan, Republican State Chairman of West Virginia and prominent lawyer of Moundsville, was born at Sherrard, Marshall County, West Virginia, April 9, 1871, the son of John and Amanda Ellen Carrigan, his parents being of Irish and Scotch-Irish descent, and was educated in a one-room school at McConnell and at the West Virginia University at Morgantown. He was graduated from the latter with A.B. degree in 1895 and prior to later studying law at the university and entering the legal profession at Moundsville in 1904, be taught school at Benwood, West Virginia, for nine years, from 1895 to 1904.
     He was also member of the state board of teacher examiners during the years 1899 to 1904 and in 1902, along with teaching school, studying law, and being admitted to the bar he entered politics and was elected to the state senate of West Virginia. In 1908 he was elected prosecuting attorney of Marshall County and besides serving in this office for four years he was the Republican nominee for Congress from the first district in 1910. He was also a candidate for the nomination for this office in 1920 but was defeated by the margin of fifty-six votes. During the World War he was chairman of the Marshall County Draft Board No. I.
     He was elected Republican State Chairman in 1928, and besides his prominence in political affairs he bears distinction as one of the leading figures in Masonry in the state, holding, the last and highest honor of the fraternity, the thirty-third degree, and being both a past grand master of the West Virginia Grand Lodge of Masons and a past grand commander of the West Virginia Grand Commandery, Knights Templar. He also belongs to the Elks and the Odd Fellows and the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. In religion, he is a Presbyterian.
     Mr. Carrigan was married August 22, 1908 to Harriett Rebecca Davis, of Benwood, West Virginia, and has one son, John Edgar Carrigan, now a student at West Virginia University.