Charles W. Tobey was born on July 11, 1880, in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He was educated in the public schools of Massachusetts and moved to Temple, New Hampshire in 1903. In New Hampshire he was involved with the raising of poultry, insurance, agriculture, banking and manufacturing. In 1914, Tobey was elected to the state legislature as a candidate for the Progressive Party. He served for three terms and was speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1919-1920. During World War I, Tobey was the chairman of the New Hampshire Liberty Loan. In 1924, he was elected to the New Hampshire Senate and in 1928, became governor of New Hampshire. He moved back to the House of Representatives as a Republican when he won the seat in 1932, and then again in 1934 and 1936. In 1938, he was back in the Senate to which he was also reelected in 1944 and 1950. Tobey was also the chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency, the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, as well as the Unites States advisor to the UNESCO Conference in Paris in 1952, and a member of the United States delegation to the International Monetary Conference in Bretton Woods, NH in 1944. Tobey died on July 24, 1953.