Historian Charles Ambler died on August 31, 1957, at age 81. He was one of the most influential historians in West Virginia history.
The Ohio native grew up in St. Marys, West Virginia, and then taught in Pleasants County schools and served as the county sheriff. After earning degrees from West Virginia University and the University of Wisconsin, Ambler taught at Randolph-Macon College before returning to WVU in 1917, where he taught history for the next 30 years and served as chairman of the History Department. Among his enduring legacies was the creation of the West Virginia and Regional History Collection in the university library.