Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 190.
CHARMAN, HON. THOMAS, of Oregon City, was born in the Parish of Walking, County Surrey, England, September 8, 1829, and came to the United States in 1848. In 1849 he went to Indiana and in 1852 came to Oregon, engaging in merchandising in Oregon City, which he has continued ever since. He has been one of the prime movers in all the public enterprises, such as the woolen mills, development of the water power, etc. In 1882 he organized the Bank of Oregon City, and has always been its president. He has been a Republican from the infancy of the party, and attended the first convention in the state. He was elected a delegate to the national convention of 1864, and has frequently been a delegate to local conventions. He has been Mayor of Oregon City several times, and was on the staff of Governor A. C. Gibbs, with rank of major.