Charles H. Ruggles
Portrait of Ruggles, ca. 1810
|Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals|
|Preceded by||Greene C. Bronson|
|Succeeded by||Addison Gardiner|
|Judge of the Second Circuit Court|
|Preceded by||James Emott|
|Succeeded by||Seward Barculo|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 7th district
December 3, 1821 – March 3, 1823
|Preceded by||Jacob H. De Witt|
|Succeeded by||Lemuel Jenkins|
Charles Herman Ruggles
February 10, 1789
New Milford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||June 16, 1865 (aged 76)|
Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
|Relations||Samuel Ruggles (cousin)|
George D. Ruggles (nephew)
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.
On June 7, 1847, he was elected one of the first judges of the New York Court of Appeals. On June 22, he drew a term of six years and a half, 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. In November 1853, Ruggles was re-elected to an eight-year term as an associate judge. In June 1855, he fell ill and was absent from the Court's June and September terms. On August 20, 1855, he announced his resignation to take effect on October 20, 1855. George F. Comstock was elected in November 1855 to fill the vacancy.
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.
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.
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- There Shall Be a Court of Appeals
- There Shall Be a Court of Appeals at p.106, footnote 6
- State Biography
- There Shall Be a Court of Appeals at p.106, footnote 20
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- 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.
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- Charles H. Ruggles at Find a Grave
- Portrait of Charles H. Ruggles, Historical Society of the Courts of New York State
|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
|Preceded by |
| Judge of the Second Circuit Court |
|Preceded by |
Greene C. Bronson
| Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals |