December 14: Charles Washington Goldsborough (1843)

At the time of his death, Charles W. Goldsborough was Chief of the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing of the Navy Department. He had served as a government employee for nearly half a century. He was employed as a clerk in the Navy Department at its initial organization in 1798, when the seat of government was at Philadelphia. Goldsborough removed to Washington, D.C. with the government in 1800. For the first ten years there, Goldsborough served as chief clerk of the department under Secretary of the Navy Robert Smith. When the Board of Navy Commissioners was instituted in 1815, Goldsborough was appointed clerk in that office, a position he retained until 1834 when he was appointed Secretary of the Board. In 1842, when the Navy Department was reorganized into five separate bureaus, Goldsborough was placed at the head of the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing.

Goldsborough was a native of Maryland, highly educated and according to his obituary in The National Intelligencer, “possessed in an eminent degree the finer qualities of the heart.” In his later years, Goldsborough served as president of the Provident Association of Clerks in the Executive Departments of the General Government within the District of Columbia. Upon Goldsborough’s death, that body formally resolved “an expression of their deep and heartfelt regret at the loss of one with whom they had long been associated, and for whom, whilst living, it was their pride to give repeated evidences of their highest respect and esteem.” Following his death on December 14, 1843, the funeral of Charles W. Goldsborough was recorded in Epiphany’s register. The service was held at his home as the church had not yet been built. Goldsborough’s youngest son, Hugh, was married in Epiphany Church twenty years later. Hugh and his wife are listed in parish records as communicants.

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