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RAYMOND, CHARLES H. (1816–?). Charles H. Raymond, lawyer, soldier, and diplomat, was born in New York in 1816, the son of William R. and Mary (Kellogg) Raymond. He moved to Texas in 1839 and settled in Robertson's colony. He soon formed a partnership with John Hilphill and established a law practice in Milam and Robertson counties. On November 23, 1840, he was appointed a commissioner to inspect land offices east of the Brazos River. He was elected to represent Robertson County in the House of Representatives of the Sixth Congress, 1841–42. He served as a second lieutenant in Edwin Morehouse's campaign against the Comanches in January and February 1841 and as a private during the repulse of the Rafael Vásquez raid in 1842. He was appointed secretary of the Texas legation in Washington, D.C., on July 26, 1842, during Isaac Van Zandt's tenure as minister plenipotentiary. Upon Van Zandt's resignation, Raymond was appointed to fill his office as chargé d'affaires. He resigned his post on January 11, 1845, and left Washington on May 10. He was the brother of James H. Raymond.

Compiled Index to Elected and Appointed Officials of the Republic of Texas, 1835–1846 (Austin: State Archives, Texas State Library, 1981). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941). Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, eds., The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813–1863 (8 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1938–43; rpt., Austin and New York: Pemberton Press, 1970).
Thomas W. Cutrer

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