William B. Charles

William B. Charles
William Barclay Charles.jpg
Member of the House of Representatives from New York's 30th District
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1917
Preceded bySamuel Wallin
Succeeded byGeorge R. Lunn
New York State Assembly Montgomery County
In office
Personal details
William B. Charles

(1861-04-03)April 3, 1861
Glasgow, Scotland
DiedNovember 25, 1950(1950-11-25) (aged 89)
Amsterdam, New York
Political partyRepublican

William Barclay Charles (April 3, 1861 – November 25, 1950) was an American politician from New York.


Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Charles attended private schools and high schools in Stirling and Glasgow, Scotland. He immigrated to the United States in 1884 and spent two years ranching in Texas and Mexico.

He settled in Amsterdam, New York, in 1886 and engaged in textile manufacturing. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Montgomery Co.) in 1904, 1905 and 1906. He served as director of the Amsterdam First National Bank.

Charles was elected as a Republican to the 64th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1915, to March 3, 1917. Charles continued in the textile business until his retirement.

He died in Amsterdam, New York, November 25, 1950, and was interred in Green Hill Cemetery.


New York Assembly
Preceded by
John W. Candee
New York State Assembly
Montgomery County

Succeeded by
T. Romeyn Staley
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Wallin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 30th congressional district

Succeeded by
George R. Lunn