- PAINE, Charles Jackson, soldier, was born in Boston, Mass., Aug. 26, 1833; son of Charles Cushing and Fanny Cabot (Jackson) Paine; grandson of Judge Charles Jackson of the Massachusetts supreme court, and great-grandson of Robert Treat Paine, signer. He attended the Boston Latin school and was graduated from Harvard, A.B., 1853, A.M., 1856. He studied law in the office of Rufus Choate in Boston, Mass.; was admitted to the bar in 1856, and practiced law until 1861.
He was commissioned captain in the 22d Massachusetts volunteer infantry, Oct. 6, 1861; major of the 30th Massachusetts infantry, Jan. 14, 1862, and colonel of the 2d Louisiana regiment, Oct. 2, 1862. He commanded the first brigade 19th army corps at Port Hudson, after the death of Col. E. P. Chapin, May 24-July 8, 1863; resigned the command, March 4, 1864, and joined General Butler's Army of the James, commanding the 1st division, 25th army corps, all colored troops, at Petersburg; was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, July 4, 1864, and led his division of colored troops in the attack on New Market Road, Va., Sept. 29, 1864. He also took part in the capture of Fort Fisher, Jan. 15, 1865, where he commanded the 3d division 25th [p.171] army corps and was brevetted major-general of volunteers, Jan. 15, 1865. He served under General Sherman in North Carolina in command of the 3d division 10th army corps, and after the surrender of General Johnston was placed in command of the district of Newborn until November, 1865. He was mustered out of the volunteer service, Jan. 15, 1866.
After 1866 he was connected with the management of railroad corporations, and was for many years a director of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, the Mexican Central and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fé railroads. He was married March 26, 1867, to Julia, daughter of John and Mary Anna (Lee) Bryant.
He headed the syndicate of yachtsmen that built the sloop-yacht Puritan in 1885, and successfully defended the [America’s] cup from the British sloop Genesta. He later became sole owner of the Puritan In 1886 he built the Mayflower which defeated the Galatea, and in 1887 the Volunteer which outsailed the Thistle. These yachts were designed by Edward Burgess. In February, 1888, the New York Yacht club, of which he was a member, presented him with a silver cup in recognition of his triple defence of America's cup.
In 1897 President McKinley appointed him, together with Edward O. Wolcott and Adlai E. Stevenson, a special envoy to Great Britain, France and Germany, with a view to securing by international agreement a fixity of relative value between gold and silver as money.
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