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Charles H. Ruggles

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Charles H. Ruggles
Charles Herman Ruggles.jpg
Portrait of Ruggles, ca. 1810
Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
In office
Preceded byGreene C. Bronson
Succeeded byAddison Gardiner
Judge of the Second Circuit Court
In office
Preceded byJames Emott
Succeeded bySeward Barculo
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th district
In office
December 3, 1821 – March 3, 1823
Preceded byJacob H. De Witt
Succeeded byLemuel Jenkins
Personal details
Charles Herman Ruggles

February 10, 1789 (1789-02-10)
New Milford, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedJune 16, 1865 (1865-06-17) (aged 76)
Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
RelationsSamuel Ruggles (cousin)
George D. Ruggles (nephew)

Charles Herman Ruggles (February 10, 1789 – June 16, 1865) was an American lawyer and politician who was a U.S. Representative from New York and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.[1]

Early life

Ruggles was born on February 10, 1789 in New Milford, Litchfield County, Connecticut. He was the son of Joseph Ruggles (1757–1834) and Mercy (née Warner) Ruggles (1761–1798). His brother David Ruggles was married to Sarah Colden, a great-granddaughter of Cadwallader Colden, the colonial governor of New York.

He graduated from Litchfield Law School in 1803, was admitted to the bar and began practice in Kingston, New York.[2]


He was a member from Sullivan and Ulster Counties of the New York State Assembly in 1820.[3]

Ruggles was elected as a Federalist to the 17th United States Congress, and served from December 3, 1821, to March 3, 1823.[1]

He was Judge of the Second Circuit Court of New York from 1831 to 1846, and was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1846.

On June 7, 1847, he was elected one of the first judges of the New York Court of Appeals.[4] On June 22, he drew a term of six years and a half,[4] and took office on July 5. He became Chief Judge after the resignation of Greene C. Bronson in April 1851 and remained on this post until the end of 1853.[5] In November 1853, Ruggles was re-elected to an eight-year term as an associate judge.[6] In June 1855, he fell ill and was absent from the Court's June and September terms.[7] On August 20, 1855, he announced his resignation to take effect on October 20, 1855.[8] George F. Comstock was elected in November 1855 to fill the vacancy.[9]

Personal life

After the early death of his brother David in 1837, Charles raised his nephew and David's son, George David Ruggles (1833–1904), an officer in the United States Army who served as Adjutant General of the U.S. Army from 1893 to 1897.[10]

Ruggles died in Poughkeepsie, New York, Dutchess County, New York on June 16, 1865 and interred at Christ Church (Episcopal) Cemetery. In 1888, all remains at this burying ground were removed to Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "RUGGLES, Charles Herman - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Charles Herman Ruggles". The Ledger; A Database of Students of the Litchfield Law School and the Litchfield Female Academy. Litchfield Historical Society. 2010.
  3. ^ Hough, Franklin B. (1858). The New York Civil List: containing the names and origin of the civil divisions, and the names and dates of election or appointment of the principal state and county officers from the Revolution to the present time. Weed, Parsons and Co. p. 348. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b There Shall Be a Court of Appeals
  5. ^ There Shall Be a Court of Appeals at p.106, footnote 6
  6. ^ State Biography
  7. ^ There Shall Be a Court of Appeals at p.106, footnote 20
  8. ^ "Resignation of Judge Ruggles". The New York Times. August 21, 1855. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  9. ^ System, New York State Unified Court. "There Shall Be a Court of Appeals". p. 106. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  10. ^ Association of Graduates (1905). Thirty-Sixth Annual Reunion of the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy. Saginaw, Michigan: Seemann & Peters. pp. 92–98.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jacob H. De Witt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Lemuel Jenkins
Legal offices
Preceded by
James Emott
Judge of the Second Circuit Court
Succeeded by
Seward Barculo
Preceded by
Greene C. Bronson
Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
Succeeded by
Addison Gardiner
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