CHARLES HARRINGTON is a native of Madison county, Illinois. He was born February 12th, 1842. He is the third child of a family of eight children. His father's name was William O.; he as also a native of Illinois. His grandfather came from Alabama. Charles came to this county in 1849, and it was been his home ever since, except about four years spent in Logan county. At the breaking out of the war he enlised in Company H, of Seventh regiment of Illinois Volunteers, commanded by Col. John Cook; he was mustered in at Springfield, Illinois, April 25th, 1861, and was among the men from Illinois who went to fill up the Illinois quota of the three months' call. On his return he enlisted in the 32d Illinois regiment, commanded by Col. John Logan of Carlinville, Illinois; he was mustered in at Camp Butler, December 31st, 1861. He took part in all the battles of the regiment participated in, except the one at Jackson; after the expiration of the war he returned home. He was married September 19th, 1875, to Mrs. Julia Lofton, widow of Thomas G. Lofton. Mr. Harrington has been a supporter of the principles of the republican party.