October 5, 1825 – October 4, 1885
Charles Clayton was a United States Representative from California. Born in Derbyshire, England he was the Alcalde of Santa Clara, California from 1849-1850. He was a miller and founded the Santa Clara flour mills.
Clayton was one of San Francisco's 12 representatives in the California State Assembly from 1863 to 1867. He was also a member of the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco from 1864 to 1869. He was the United States surveyor of customs of the port and district of San Francisco in 1870. He was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1875). He was not a candidate for renomination to the forty-fourth Congress in 1874. He also served as the California state prison director from 1881 to 1882.
He died in Oakland, California, one day before his 60th birthday. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.