Mar. 30, 1797 Richmond Henrico County Virginia, USA
May 10, 1862 Springfield Clark County Ohio, USA
Soldier, Attorney, State Legislator. Son of Joseph and Rhoda (Moorman) Anthony. Married(1) Elizabeth Evans on 23 Mar 1820 in Hamilton County, OH. Father of Charles McDonald b. 26 Jan 1824, Ann J. b. abt 1825, Elizabeth b. abt 1833, Rebecca Sarah, Oliver Benton, (Unknown), (Unknown) and (Unknown). Married(2) Mary Elizabeth Halsey in 1844 in Warren County, OH. Father of Charles b. 12 Sep 1845, Mary Virginia b. 25 Jan 1851, Emma b. abt 1852, Martha b. 1855, James Malcolm b. 1857, Jessie b. 1858 and (Unknown). War of 1812 Veteran. Fourteenth Grand Master of Masons in Ohio - 1832.
Died, this (Saturday morning) at 30 minutes of one o'clock, Gen. Charles Anthony, in the 64th year of his age. Gen. Anthony retired on Friday evening, in his usual health, and arose between 12 and 1 o'clock, and feeling ill, laid hold of the bedpost to sustain himself, groaned twice and fell, dying instantly without a struggle. General Anthony was born the 30th of March, 1797, in Richmond, Virginia, came to Ohio when 15 years old and settled in Cincinnati. In 1821 he removed to Springfield and commenced the practice of law and also followed the business of merchandising with his brother-in-law, at the place now known as "Trapper's Corner." He served one or more terms in both branches of the Ohio Legislature, where he distinguished himself in his labors to bring about a reform in the penitentiary system now at Columbus. He interested himself in projecting the Springfield, Mt. Vernon and Pittsburgh R.R., of which he was elected president, which office he held during its construction. He afterwards resumed the practice of law which he has continued, only when interrupted by ill health, to the time of his death. He has been more or less connected with the history of Springfield for the past 38 years, and his loss is severely felt by our citizens. He was a man of distinguished ability, and as a public speaker had few equals in this part of the country.
The funeral services of the late General Charles Anthony will be observed tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the family residence, Anthony House, Main Street.
(Copied from the Springfield Evening News, Vol. VII, No. 100, Saturday, May 10, 1862)
At a meeting of the Clarke Lodge No. 101, convened at their Hall on Sunday afternoon, May 11, 1862, A.L. 5862, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted: "Whereas, the hand of death has taken our worthy brother, Charles Anthony, from our midst, and conveyed him to that "bourn from whence no traveler returns," and, whereas, in the death of our brother, we suffer the loss of an old, honorable and upright citizen and a kind and ardent friend---one who without selfishness was over-charitable and generous to all, and whose hand was always open to relieve distress; but the sound of the gavel will hail him no more among his brothers on earth, and as words are a mockery to those who truly revere his memory; therefore, Resolved, that while we lament over our loss of a faithful, useful and ever zealous brother, by this dispensation of Providence, we hereby offer our sincere condolence to the relatives and friends of the deceased, in their more afflictive bereavements, and pray that the God who "tempers the wind to the shorn lambs," will ever remember the widowed and fatherless. Resolved, that the Lodge, and especially the East, which was filled with so much ability by our deceased brother during his life, be draped in mourning for the space of thirty days, and that the members wear the usual badge of mourning for the same period. Resolved, that the secretary is hereby instructed to furnish the family of the deceased a copy of the foregoing preamble and resolutions, and that the same be published in the city papers of the city of Springfield.
Signed: A.D. Hook Rodney Pool Isaac N. Pence
MEETING OF THE BAR
At a meeting of the Springfield Bar, held at the Court House, on Saturday morning, 10th inst., on account of the death of General Anthony, General Mason was, on motion, called to the chair, and A.G. Burnett chosen as secretary. Gen. Mason then addressed the meeting briefly, of which the following are the main points: He said Mr. Anthony was second in age and standing at the Bar. He believed that Mr. Anthony commenced his professional career here. He was an able lawyer before a jury. Mr. Anthony was respectable in his argument in the Court, but his forte was with a jury. He had known Mr. Anthony when he was really able, before a jury, solving the weak points of his adversary. His practice extended through a circuit of several counties. Mr. Anthony commenced his professional and political life together. He was a public-spirited man. He was widely-known throughout this State. Many of the prominent men of the State remembered Gen. Anthony for his efforts in securing a prison reform. Our State prison was at one time little better than a dungeon. Gen. Anthony was a very efficient member of a board of commissioners who communicated with other States, and he (Gen. Mason) was not certain that they did not correspond with Europe on the subject of prisons. The present good condition of our State prison was chiefly owing to the efforts of Gen. Anthony. He had also been a very efficient and faithful member of both Houses of the General Assembly. He was very diligent and attended promptly to his duties as such representative. He was district attorney for the State for a period of two or three years under a very unpopular administration, that of John Tyler. Mr. Anthony filled the position with ability and fidelity. He discharged every public trust with characteristic energy and faithfulness. He, like the rest of us, was very much devoted to his client. The deceased was taken away without those usual premonitions of approaching dissolution. Yesterday he was upon the streets, but now we shall see his face no more. Whatever there may have been in the life of the deceased which we could not look upon with favor, if anything, let it be buried with him, out of our sight. Let us emulate his many virtues and leave at the tomb the recollection of all else. This death, gentlemen of the Bar, is an admonition to us all to be ready, for we know not in what hour the Son of Man cometh. On a motion by Judge White, the char was authorized to appoint a committee of three to draft resolutions expressive of the sentiments of the bar. Judge White, George Spence, Esq. and Hon. Saul S. Henkle were appointed such committee. On motion of J.S. Goode, Esq., a committee of three was appointed to make arrangements to attend the funeral. The chair appointed Harvey Vinal, W.D. Hill and D.M. Cochran, Esqs. as such committee. On motion, Hon. S.S. Henkle was appointed marshal for the occasion. The meeting then adjourned until 4 o'clock, when it re-organized, and, on account of the absence of A.G. Burnett, D.M. Cochran was chosen secretary. After the report of the committee on arrangements had been made, and other preliminaries in relation to the funeral had been discussed, the committee on resolutions, through their chairman, Mr. White, made the following report: "Whereas, Almighty God, in the dispensation of His Providence, has terminated the mortal career of our venerable brother, Gen. Charles Anthony; the deceased, with one exception, was the senior member of this Bar, and was among the oldest of the surviving public members of the State: Though of late years he did not actively engage in professional or public life, yet he had attained distinguished positions in both; and the criminal jurisprudence and penal policy of the State bear the impression of his wisdom and humanity; therefore, Resolved, that in our deceased brother we recognized the able, diligent and faithful lawyer; an advocate who was equaled by but few of his contemporaries; a patriotic and public-spirited citizen, who in the vigor of manhood, wielded an influence in the community unsurpassed by any, and who discharged the duties of the various positions of public trust to which he was called with ability and fidelity. Resolved, that with profound respect for the memory of our deceased brother, we deplore his death, and deeply sympathize with the widow and family friends of the deceased. Resolved, that these resolutions be communicated to the family of the deceased and published in the city papers; and that the officers of this meeting present copies of the same to the Court of Common Pleas, and request that they be entered on the minutes.
(Copied from the Springfield Evening News, Vol. VII, No. 101, Monday, May 12, 1862)