Charles d’Autremont, Jr.

Charles d’Autemont. (Image: Duluth Public Library)

Charles d’Autremont, Jr.,  was born in Angelica, New York, on June 2, 1851, and was there reared and attended the common schools. He attended Cornell University, Columbia University and the Academy at Lausanne, Switzerland. He entered upon the active practice of law at Angelica and Elmira. New York. where he remained until 1882. when he came to Duluth, Minnesota, and engaged in the general practice of law and specialized in land office practice. His ability and integrity were recognized and appreciated by the people of his adopted state, and in 1884 he was elected county attorney of Saint Louis County. In 1886 he was the nominee of the Democratic party for attorney-general of the State of Minnesota, and in 1892 was elected mayor of Duluth, giving the city an efficient and progressive administration. He became one of the leading Democrats of the northwest, standing high in the councils of his party.

About 1894 Mr. d’Autremont became interested in the mining business in the Minnesota iron country and with his partner, James Sheridan, developed the Sheridan Mine, the d’Autremont Mine and the Foster Mine. Shortly after 1900 he became interested in mining in the southwest, Mexico and various parts of the west, and he was one of the original promoters of the Calumet & Arizona Mining Company and was a member of the Board of Directors from its inception until his death.

The death of Mr. d’Autremont occurred at Angelica, New York, on the 25th day of July, 1919.

Charles d’Autremont was married in Elmira, New York, to Hattie Hart, the daughter of Erastus P. Hart. and to this union were born five children, all of whom are living, namely: Mrs. Antoinette d’Autremont Andresen, Louis Paul d’Autremont, Charles Maurice d’Autremont, Hubert Hart d’Autremont and Mrs. Marie d’Autremont Gerry.

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Charles d’Autremont, Mayor of Duluth 1892 – 1894

Born in Angelica, New York, and educated at Cornell University, Columbia University, and the Academy at Lausanne, Switzerland, attorney Charles D’Autremont first came to Duluth in 1882 to specialize in land office practice. His attention soon turned to civic service; he won the race for St. Louis County Attorney in 1884 and two years later was the Democratic nominee for state’s attorney general. In 1892 he defeated fellow Democrat and incumbent M. J. Davis in Duluth’s mayoral race. (The Republican-leaning Duluth News Tribune called for the Republican party to endorse Davis, saying Davis “Stands for…morality and good” while d’Autremont wanted “wide-openness”.) Like his predecessor’s, d’Autremont’s administration was described as “efficient and progressive” and for the rest of his life he was considered one of the leading Democrats of the region. After leaving office, d’Autremont turned his interests to mining and he opened several locations on the Mesabi Range. During this time he struck up a friendship with Chester Congdon, and together the two were among the original promoters of the Calumet & Arizona Mining Company. At one point d’Autremont held mining interests in Minnesota, Arizona, British Columbia, and Mexico. His partnership with Congdon was symbolized by the marriage of d’Autremont’s son Hubert to Congdon’s daughter Helen in January, 1919. The elder d’Autremont died in his home town just six months later. One obituary said he was “a man of strong personality, his integrity was unimpeachable, his honesty beyond question. Sympathetic, extremely generous, patriotic and democratic, he was utterly devoid of fear of any kind.”

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Sources:

  • Van Brunt, Walter, ed. Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota Vols. 1 – 3. The American Historical Society. Chicago: 1922.
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