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Biography

CHARLES J. COLDEN was born on a farm in Peoria County, Ill., August 24, 1870; moved to Nodaway County, Mo., with his parents in 1880; attended the rural schools, the Stanberry (Mo.) Normal School, and Shenandoah College, Shenandoah, Iowa; taught school in Missouri and Iowa 1889–96; editor and publisher of the Parnell (Mo.) Sentinel, 1896–1900, and of the Nodaway Forum, Maryville, Mo., 1900–1908; member of the Missouri House of Representatives 1901–5; president of the Board of Regents of Northwest Missouri Teachers' College, 1905–8; moved to Kansas City, Mo., in 1908, and engaged in the real-estate business and in the building of residences; moved to San Pedro, Calif., in 1912 and continued the realestate and building business; president of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce 1922–24; member and president of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission 1923–25; member of the Los Angeles City Council 1925–29; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, and Seventy-fifth Congresses, and served from March 4, 1933, until his death in Washington, D. C., April 15, 1938; interment in Roosevelt Memorial Park Cemetery, Gardena, Calif.

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