Løvenskiold, Charles Grimus Thorkeli de (1822–1875)

By: Thomas W. Cutrer

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: August 7, 2020

Charles G. T. Løvenskiold, jurist and soldier, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on February 3, 1822, the son of Baron Frederick Stephanus Løvenskiold and Charlotte Elizabeth de Tuxen. The elder Løvenskiold was attorney general for the King of Denmark, and through him Charles Løvenskiold inherited the title of baron. He was educated in the best schools of Europe and spoke and wrote a number of languages, including English, French, German, and Italian, as well as his native Danish. He immigrated to the United States in 1847 and settled first in Florida, then in New Orleans in 1848. There in 1849 he married Sophia F. Clark, daughter of Joseph Clark of Newton Center, Massachusetts. There, too, the oldest of their seven children, Oscar C. Løvenskiold, who became a prosperous merchant and mayor of Corpus Christi, was born in 1850. The couple moved to Texas later in the same year and resided in Houston and Galveston. In 1855 they moved to Corpus Christi. There Løvenskiold established a successful legal practice and served as captain of a local militia company. He was regarded as an impressive speaker, a man of fine judgment and ready wit. In September 1860 he was accused of illegally transferring his militia company's arms into private hands in order to influence the result of an election. At the beginning of the Civil War he raised and commanded the Walker Mounted Rifles, an independent Texas cavalry company. After the war he again became prominent in the state's political affairs and served as a city alderman until his death, in Corpus Christi on March 9, 1875.

Memorial and Genealogical Record of Southwest Texas (Chicago: Goodspeed, 1894; rpt., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). 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).

  • Peoples
  • Danes
  • Politics and Government
  • Courts and Judiciary
  • Government Officials
  • Military
  • Soldiers

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Thomas W. Cutrer, “Løvenskiold, Charles Grimus Thorkeli de,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 28, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/lovenskiold-charles-grimus-thorkeli-de.

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August 7, 2020