Charles F. Manderson

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Charles Frederick Manderson
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
March 2, 1891 – March 22, 1893
Preceded byJohn James Ingalls
Succeeded byIsham G. Harris
United States Senator
from Nebraska
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1895
Preceded byAlvin Saunders
Succeeded byJohn M. Thurston
Personal details
Born(1837-02-09)February 9, 1837
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedSeptember 28, 1911(1911-09-28) (aged 74)
Liverpool, England
Political partyRepublican

Charles Frederick Manderson (February 9, 1837 – September 28, 1911) was a United States senator from Nebraska from 1883 to 1895.


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he attended school there and then moved to Canton, Ohio, in 1856, where he studied law. In 1859, he was admitted to the bar and commenced practice; in 1860, he was the city solicitor of Canton.

Manderson entered the Army during the Civil War as a first lieutenant, and rose through the ranks to resign as a colonel in 1865; he was also brevetted brigadier general of volunteers that year. He resumed the practice of law in Canton and was twice elected attorney of Stark County, Ohio.

In 1869, he moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and continued to practice law, and was the city attorney of Omaha for six years, as well as being a member of the State constitutional conventions in 1871 and in 1875. Manderson was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 1883, was reelected in 1888 and served from March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1895. During the Fifty-first, Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses, Manderson served as president pro tempore of the United States Senate. He was also chairman of the Committee on Printing in the Forty-eighth through Fifty-second Congresses.

Manderson was appointed general solicitor of the Burlington system of railroads west of the Missouri River, and was vice president of the American Bar Association in 1899 and president in 1900. He died on board the steamship Cedric in the harbor of Liverpool, England, on September 28, 1911, and was interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha.


  • United States Congress. "Charles F. Manderson (id: M000095)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 2) from Nebraska
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1895
Served alongside: Charles H. Van Wyck, Algernon S. Paddock, William V. Allen
Succeeded by
Preceded by President pro tempore of the United States Senate
March 2, 1891 – March 22, 1893
Succeeded by