Pease, Charles Henry (1873–1933)

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: May 1, 1995

Charles Henry Pease, public official and newspaper editor, son of Benjamin Fish and Charlotte Elizabeth (Odell) Pease, was born in Genesee County, Michigan, on March 18, 1873. From 1896 to 1902 he worked in a bank at Flushing, Michigan. On August 22, 1900, he married Mabel McGlinchey; they had one son. Pease received his LL.B. degree from the University of Michigan in 1904 and from 1904 to 1906 was a member of the law firm Gaffney and Pease in Cadillac, Michigan. He moved to Texas in 1907 and became a banker in Raymondville, where he organized the Raymondville State Bank and served as its president from 1914 to 1921. He was organizer and secretary-treasurer of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Users Association in 1921 and was founder and publisher of the Gravity Irrigation News. From 1926 to 1929 he represented the water users of the Valley before Congress and governmental departments in Washington and promoted the movement that resulted in the negotiation between the United States and Mexico to divide international waters for irrigation and power development. As editor of the Hidalgo County Independent at Edinburg, Pease supported the Good Government League, which brought about political changes in the county. He was a Methodist and a Democrat. He held the office of Hidalgo county treasurer at the time of his death at his home in McAllen on September 27, 1933.

Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Who Was Who in America, 1943.


  • Journalism
  • Newspapers
  • Editors and Reporters
  • Publishers and Executives

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May 1, 1995