Charles Addison Boutelle (1839-1901), a U.S. Representative, was born in Damariscotta on February 9, 1839. He attended the public schools at Brunswick and the Yarmouth Academy.
Boutelle adopted the profession of shipmaster. In the spring of 1862 he volunteered and was appointed acting master in the United States Navy. He served in the North and South Atlantic and the West Gulf Squadrons, was promoted to lieutenant, May 5, 1864, and participated in the capture of Mobile and in receiving surrender of the Confederate Fleet. Afterwards he was assigned to the command of naval forces in Mississippi Sound, then honorably discharged January 14, 1866.
Boutelle engaged in business in New York and later became the managing editor of the Bangor Whig and Courier in 1870. He purchased a controlling ownership in 1874. A delegate to the Republican National Convention at Cincinnati in 1876, he was elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth and to the nine succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1883, until his resignation, March 3, 1901, before the commencement of the Fifty-seventh Congress, to which he had been reelected.
He chaired the Committee on Naval Affairs (Fifty-first Congress and Fifty-fourth through Fifty-sixth Congresses). By joint resolution of Congress on January 16, 1901, Boutelle was placed on the retired list of the Navy, with the rank of captain.
He died in Waverley, Massachusetts on May 21, 1901, with interment in Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor, Maine.