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Charles Benjamin Farwell (July 1, 1823–September 23, 1903) was a U.S. Representative and Senator from Illinoismarker.

Farwell was born in Painted Postmarker, New Yorkmarker and attended Elmira Academy before moving to Illinois in 1838. He first tried his hand at surveying and farming before moving to Chicagomarker in 1844, when he went into banking. From 1853-1861, he served as the Clerk of Cook Countymarker. He served in the House of Representatives from 1871 to 1876. In that year the Democrat controlled congress accepted John V. Le Moyne's challenge to Farwell's election and removed Farwell from office. Farwell declined to run again at the time of the general election latter on in 1876. In 1880, he was elected to another term in congress. Upon the death of John A. Logan in 1887, Farwell was elected to serve out Logan's term in the U.S. Senate, but refused to run for re-election to a full term.

In 1876, at his wife's urging, Farwell underwrote the construction of College Hall, North Hall and a gymnasium at Lake Forest College. The couple also donated additional land to the college which had been struggling since the end of the Civil War. Part of their philanthropy was to ensure a co-ed liberal arts college near home for their daughter, Anna, who graduated from Lake Forest College in 1880. Anna later married the composer Reginald de Koven, and became a successful socialite, novelist and amateur historian. His daughter Rose was married to Hobart Chatfield-Taylor.


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