Charles C.P. Arndt
BornOctober 31, 1811
DiedFebruary 11, 1842(1842-02-11) (aged 30)
OccupationPolitician and legislator

Charles C. P. Arndt (October 31, 1811 – February 11, 1842) was an American Whig legislator from Pennsylvania and the Wisconsin Territory.


Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, he came with his parents to Green Bay, Michigan Territory. Arndt graduated from Rutgers College, studied law in Easton, Pennsylvania and was admitted to the bar. In 1836, Arndt moved back to Green Bay and was admitted to the bar in Michigan Territory. Arndt was elected to the Wisconsin Territorial Council from Green Bay. On February 11, 1842, after a heated discussion with James Russell Vineyard, Arndt was shot to death in the council room. Vineyard was later tried for the murder and was acquitted on grounds of self-defense.[1][2][3]


In 1842, British author Charles Dickens wrote about the tragedy in his book American Notes.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "A Wisconsin Tragedy". The Weekly Wisconsin. February 13, 1886. p. 8. Retrieved March 7, 2015 – via open access
  2. ^ 'Wisconsin's Saddest Tragedy,' M.M. Qualife, Wisconsin Historical Society: 1922, vol 15, no. 5, pp. 264–283
  3. ^ Charles Arndt, Wisconsin Historical Society
  4. ^ "American Notes," Charles Dickens, 1842