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Charles Bonaparte



Charles Bonaparte


Charles Bonaparte, of Baltimore, a descendent of Napoleon Bonaparte, has engaged rooms for himself and family, at the Algonquin during the summer months.


Aug 6/1891
As Others See Us
Review of St. Andrews in Boston Courier by Kate Prescott Ward.
. . . Others here are: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bonaparte, of Baltimore. The latter has been here with her friend, Miss Haycock, of Philadelphia, for a moth or more and she anticipates passing the rest of the season at St. Andrews. Boston was honoured when Mr. Charles S. Bonaparte and his brother, Jerome Bonaparte, chose their wives from among its fair women. The latter was miss Appleton and the former Miss Ellen Channing Day, both most attractive women, though quite different in coloring and style.
            It may naturally be supposed that Mr. Charles J. Bonaparte rarely, if ever, comes in contact with stranger without a consciousness that he is subject to a scrutiny, be it ever so delicate, in tracing a likeness in face or figure to his illustrious relative. At this moment we uncover our own head, apologetically, for so doing. . . .


May 9/1895
Among the permanent guests at the Algonquin this season, will be Charles J. Bonaparte, and family, of Baltimore. besides being a lineal descendant of the great Bonaparte, Mr. Bonaparte is favorably known to the world of letters He also ranks high as a lawyer


July 18/1895
General Manager of the CPR Telegraph Company, Mr. C/. R. Hosmer, and family will shortly leave town for SA, where they will take up their residence at the Algonquin for the season. Hon. C. J. Bonaparte and family, Baltimore, are among the distinguished American visitors expected at St. Andrews during the season. Mr. Bonaparte is a descendant of Prince Jerome Bonaparte youngest brother of Napoleon, by the marriage with Miss Patterson, of Baltimore.—Montreal Star


Aug 8/1895
Third season for C. J. Bonaparte in St. Andrews.


Aug 6/1896
C. J. Bonaparte installed at the Algonquin for the season.


Sept 10/1896
A noted party of five ladies played five-handed euchre in the hotel office before the cheerful fire on Wednesday evening, the 2nd inst. It was their farewell game, after which they wished one another an affectionate adieu and hoped to meet again. thus the circle has gradually narrowed and many familiar faces are lost to view. the Bonapartes, the Winch’s, the Wheelers, the Hopes, the Egans the Wilsons, the Hosmers, the Thompsons, the Reids, the Lombards, the Gardiners and the Gilbert party no longer tarry at the Algonquin and cottage life is now the prominent feature at St. Andrews.


Oct 1/1896
Isabel Garrison in Chicago Sunday Times-Herald
Tennyson might have had this place in mind when his faithful pen sketched the “Land of Lotos Eaters,” “a land where it was always afternoon,” where soft grays, red and blues blend harmoniously beyond the lazy inlets and purpling hills that surround Passamaquoddy Bay and the shores of the St. Croix River.
            Such is the locality wherein is situated the sleepy old town of St. Andrews. Here the turrets of the brown Algonquin crown the summit that overlooks the bay. The finest golf links in the country are reached by charming drives, tennis courts are spread over the broad lawns, and the dreamy old place has taken on a festal appearance that stamps it as a summer resort of no mean pretension.
            The Bonapartes of Baltimore, Judge Gray of Washington, the Gardiners and Allans of Boston are among the number of American cottagers and guests who make the old seaport their summer home. But St. Andrews, founded in 1783, once indulged in dreams of becoming something greater than a summer resort. In the long ago when her wharves were crowded with ships from the West Indies and lumber kings freighted them with the wealth of the primeval forests of NB, she aspired to becoming the great winter port of British America.


Aug. 5/1897
C. J. Bonaparte back again at the Algonquin.


July 25, 1901
Bonaparte back. Mrs. Dalton McCarthy.


Aug 8/1901
Governor-General’s Visit
SA Extends the Glad Hand to King Edward’s Representative
            Gentlemen: Sir William Van Horne, The Mayor of Toronto, Rev. Dean Sills (Portland), Dr. William Watson (Utica, NY), Rev. John Allan, Rev. Calvin Currie, Dr. J. Wade, Justice Street (Toronto), High Sheriff Stuart, Mr. George Mowatt, G. Hibbard, John Magee, William Watson, Frank Kennedy, Donald MacMaster, Frank Allen, T. R. Wren, Thomas Armstrong, F. R. Grimmer, T. T. Odell, R. E. Armstrong, P. G. Hanson
            Ladies: Lady Van Horne, Mrs. Charles Bonaparte, Mrs. Donald MacMaster, Miss Mowatt, Miss Van Horne, Miss Van Horne


Aug 22/1901
Who’s Who and What’s What
Mr. C. J. Bonaparte, another Algonquin guest who has been making St. Andrews his summer home for quite a lengthy period, is a leading lawyer of Baltimore. He is also one of the Board of Overseers of Harvard College. He recently obtained some publicity, in the United States, through his opposition to the proposal to bestow Harvard degree upon President McKinley. Mr. Bonaparte, who is a direct descendant of Prince Jerome Bonaparte by his American wife, (Miss Patterson) is a man of literary tastes.


July 2/1903
The New Algonquin
First Opening Under the Auspices of the CPR
Many of the old guests appear on the managers book this season— Prof. Smith, and family, Mr. Chas. Allen and niece, Mr. H. F. Windram and Miss Windram, Mrs. Benson and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Roger N. Allen, Mrs. C. R. Hosmer and daughter, Mrs. Heney, Miss McKenzie, Dr. Sweetland, Miss Sparks, Judge Street and family, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Bonaparte, Mrs. J. H. Thompson and daughter and many others.


June 8/1905
Mr. Charles Bonaparte New Secretary of US Navy


Mr. Charles J. Bonaparte of Baltimore, who is to be the next Secretary of the united States navy, has been such a frequent summer visitor to St. Andrews that we feel as I the president had bestowed this honor upon one of our own people. I fall the members of Roosevelt’s cabinet are composed of such splendid timber as Mr. Bonaparte the United States people need have no occasion to be either ashamed or afraid of the men who direct the nation’s affairs. President Roosevelt is to be complemented upon the excellent choice he has made.


July 24/1913
Charles Bonaparte back at Algonquin. Of Baltimore. Former Attorney General of US under Roosevelt, etc, in recent years.


Sept 2/1915
Hon C. J. Bonaparte, of Baltimore, Md., who has been a guest at the Algonquin for several weeks, left by train on Monday night for Dixville Notch, NH, where he will remain some time at “the Balsams.”


Beacon (f9823)
Sept 21/1918
Charles Bonaparte has left St. Andrews for the summer


St. Croix Courier
July 7/1921
Death of Charles Joseph Bonaparte, (of Maryland), grandnephew of Napoleon I and grandson of N’s brother Jerome. Long-time (summer) resident of St. Andrews.  Member of Roosevelt Cabinet July 1/1905 as secretary of navy. Attorney general 1906. Overseer of Harvard University.
            “News of the death of Hon. Charles J. Bonaparte of Baltimore was received here this week and caused sincere regret not only among his friends at the Algonquin but of the townspeople, many of whom were intimate friends. Mr. Bonaparte has been a resident here for 25 years (1896). Hon. Charles Joseph Bonaparte was a grandnephew of emperor Napoleon I, and grandson of Napoleon’s brother, Jerome, who married the beautiful Betsy Patterson of Westphalia. He was born June 9, 1851 in Baltimore. His parents were Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte and Susan May Williams-Bonaparte. His elder brother, Jerome, died several years ago leaving two children, Countess de Molke-Huitfeldt of Denmark, and Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, of Baltimore and Washington, who now is head of the American branch of the noted family.
            Hon. Charles J. Bonaparte made such a reputation by attacking the political rings of Maryland and President Roosevelt got him as special counsel for the government to prosecute the perpetrators of postal frauds. He entered the Roosevelt cabinet on July 1,1905, as secretary of the navy, and was transferred to the attorney-generalship on December 17, 1906, holding that office until the inauguration of President Taft. As attorney-general he directed several prosecutions of the ‘trust busting’ series.
            Mr. Bonaparte was identified with many charitable and educational institutions and was known as a practical reformer. He was an overseer of Harvard University for twelve years, a founder of the National Municipal League and a trustee of the Catholic University of America. He married in 1875 Miss Elling Channing Bay of Hartford.