Charles D. Elliott (1862-1938)

Men of West Virginia
Biographical Publishing Company,
George Richmond, Pres.; C. R. Arnold, Sec'y and Treas.
Chicago, ILL 1903
Volume I, Pages 90-92

MAJ. CHARLES D. ELLIOTT. — In noting the prominent men and leading politicians of West Virginia, the name of Maj. C. D. Elliott, of Parkersburg, comes immediately to mind, representing as it does one of the faithful "Old Guard" in party ranks, a trusted and valued official of the United States government and also the able president of a company which owns and publishes The Parkersburg News, the leading Republican organ in the State.

Major Elliott was born January 1, 1861, in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, being a son of Dr. Thomas I. Elliott, also a native of Clarion County, who had located in West Virginia prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. Before the birth of his son, Dr. Elliott returned to Clarion County, but after peace was restored to this beautiful and attractive section, he returned to the Mountain State and settled in Taylor County. It was in that county that young Elliott was given the rudiments of a common school education; later he was given advantages at the West Virginia State College at Flemington. From college halls the young man sought adventure and occupation in the far West, spending six years on the Great Plains, and in Colorado and Wyoming. In 1887 he came back to West Virginia, located at Sutton, in Braxton County, and engaged in lumbering, following the same for a number of years. In 1896 he was admitted to the bar, but has never been actively engaged in the active practice of the law. It is Major Elliott's own secret how he happened to be selected by the government as a secret service agent, a line of work he successfully and most efficiently pursued until his appointment on June 18, 1901, as United States marshal. Owing to the death of the lamented President McKinley, before this appointment was confirmed by the Senate, his present term of office did not begin until December 17, 1901, when his appointment was made by President Roosevelt. For sixteen years Major Elliott has been a conspicuous figure in political work in West Virginia and he has given much of his time and energy to the organizing of Republican clubs, in adjusting necessary parts and in harmonizing various elements in the great organization to which he belongs. He is well known in all parts of the State and his genial manner and his sincere methods have won him friends and votes and influence for his party. For several terms he was president of the Republican League Clubs and has for several years been a member of the Republican State Executive Committee. During the Spanish-American War he served with the 2nd Regiment, West Virginia Infantry, U. S. Volunteers, as major, and with such credit that he was commissioned by the Presiding Officer of the 47th U. S. Infantry during the war with the Philippines, and was appointed inspector general on the staff of Governor White in March, 1901.

On December 1, 1901. The Parkersburg News was purchased by Mr. Elliott and he formed a company, becoming its president. This journal is the largest and the leading political one of the Republican party in the State, and under the Major's able management has more than tripled its circulation. In many ways Major Elliott is a valued citizen, for while he is always alert in the service of his party, he is also public-spirited and liberal, proud of his city and anxious to increase her prominence.

In 1888 Major Elliott was united in marriage with Mary Thompson, daughter of Joseph Thompson, of Staunton, Virginia, the two children of this union bearing the names of Viola N. and Catherine E.


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