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William Charles Farquhar
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Birth: Apr. 29, 1864
Portsmouth City
Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 22, 1913
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Officer Willaim Charles Farquhar was a member of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC

Officer William Charles Farquhar
Metropolitan Police Department
District of Columbia
EOD: July 17, 1900
End of Watch: Wednesday, October 22, 1913

Biographical Info
Age: 49
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Duty related illness
Date of Incident: Saturday, October 4, 1913
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

The below is copied from a communication I received from Mr. R. G. Farquhar, the Great Grandson of Officer William Charles Farquhar.

"He was born on April 29, 1864 in Portsmouth VA., where his father, Charles (also a D.C. Metropolitan police officer) was detailed with the Quartermasters Dept. Charles served with Co. A 10th New York Zouaves during the War of the Rebellion.and then moved from New York to the District of Columbia.

William Charles was active during the early to mid 1880's as a member of the Sons of Veterans, U.S.A. He was Captain of the George A. Custer Camp, No. 1. (later to become the Logan Camp) He was also Captain of Company D, Fourth Battalion of the Militia of the District of Columbia. Our family has three Presidential signed Commissions for William Charles during his stint with the District Militia.

He was appointed to the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department on July 17, 1900. Each year from 1902 through 1911 he was nominated and elected financial secretary of the Policeman's Association. In 1912, he ran for president of the Police Association of the District and was heavily defeated by the incumbant president, C.E. Smith.

William Charles was a member of the Bicycle Corps reorganized under Major Richard Sylvester of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police. Major Sylvester is memoialized in Find-A-Grave, number 39831094.

William Charles' father, one brother and his son Frank are buried in Arlinton National Cemetery. Two of his brothers are buried in San Francisco National Cemetery.

William Charles is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in the District of Columbia.

Thank you for keeping alive the memories and stories of the great men and women who through the years have risked their lives to secure the lives of others.

R.G. Farquhar

Officer William Farquhar died as the result of receiving an experimental rabies vaccination after being bitten by a rabid dog on Potomac Street, NW, near M Street, NW. He was attempting to shoot the dog when he was bitten. A second officer at the scene shot and killed the dog.

The rabies treatment that was prescribed caused severe pain and paralysis and led to his death 16 days later. Officer Farquhar was the second Washington police officer to be stricken as a result of receiving the Rabies inoculation. William Warfield of the Fifth Precinct was made critically ill earlier of the same cause.

Officer Farquhar had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for more than 13 years, and was assigned to the 7th Precinct. He was survived by his wife, Ellen J. Farquhar, and two sons, Arthur and Frank. Frank is enrolled in Find-A-Grave, please visit memorial 49180292.

What follows is his death notice from the Washington Post:

On Wednesday, October 22, at 12 AM, William C (Farquhar) beloved husband of Ellen J. Farquhar.

Funeral from his residence 3527 O Street NW, on Friday, October 24, at 9 AM,: thence to Holy Trinity Church, Thirty-sixth and O Street NW.

Many thanks to Mr. R. G. Farquhar for his assistance with this memorial.

The 1880 Census reveals:

Household Gender Age Birthplace
self Charles Farquhar M 41 Ireland
wife Mary Ann Farquhar F 38 Ireland
son William C. Farquhar M 16 Virginia, United States
son Edward L. Farquhar M 14 Virginia, United States
daughter Elizabeth K. Farquhar F 12 District of Columbia, United States
son Henry F. Farquhar M 9 District of Columbia, United States
son Thomas H. Farquhar M 7 District of Columbia, United States
daughter Mary M. Farquhar F 2 District of Columbia, United States
son Charles B. Farquhar M 0 District of Columbia, United States

The 1910 census reveals:
Household Gender Age Birthplace
self William Farquahr M 46y Virginia
wife Ellen Farquahr F 35y District of Columbia
son Arthur Farquahr M 17y District of Columbia
son Frank Farquahr M 15y District of Columbia
Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 10 Feb 2013), William Farquahr, Precinct 7, Washington, District Of Columbia; citing sheet 9B, family 161, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374165.

Family links: 
  Charles Farquhar (1839 - 1917)
  Mary Ann Farquhar (1842 - 1929)
  Ellen Josephine Blakley Farquhar (1873 - 1949)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Olivet Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Created by: John Rentz
Record added: Apr 07, 2009
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