Charles Diebold

Charles Diebold (October 24, 1824 – March 5, 1894) was a German-American industrialist who was the founder of Diebold. Charles Diebold was also a safe maker and a locksmith.

Charles Diebold
BornOctober 24, 1824
Rosenberg, Bavaria, Germany
DiedMarch 5, 1894 (1894-03-06) (aged 69)
Years active1859-1894
EraGilded Age
Known forFounding Diebold.
Parent(s)Bernhardt Diebold & Mary Diebold


Charlies Diebold was born in Rosenberg, Bavaria, Germany on October 24, 1824 to Bernhardt Diebold and Mary Diebold. Nothing is known about his early life or his education.


Diebold founded Diebold Bahmann in 1859 as a manufacturer of safes and vaults in Cincinnati, Ohio.[1] Charles gave his company a good reputation after The Great Chicago Fire in 1871 which leveled most of the city. Rumors went about that the 878 safes in the area had the items in them intact. In 1872, needing more room for his expanding company, moved to Canton, Ohio where most of the post-fire orders were from. Two years later, in 1874, Wells Fargo asked Diebold to make the world's largest vault at the time: a 32-foot-long, 27-foot-wide, 12-foot high vault that was moved to San Francisco on a 47 car long train. In 1876 Diebold was incorporated by The State of Ohio as Diebold Safe & Lock Co. Its first international shipment in Diebold's lifetime was to the President of Mexico, Manuel González Flores in 1881.[2] The final major event for the company in his lifetime was the introduction of magnesium steel doors which were billed as TNT-proof which was becoming a new way for thieves to break into banks.

Positions at DieboldEdit

Position: Started Ended
Baumann and Company safemaker/locksmith 1848 1859
Co Founder and President 1859 1876
Superintendent 1876 1894


Charles Diebold died on March 5, 1894 in North Canton, Ohio after having a stroke and being paralyzed.


  1. ^ "We'll Take Care of the Counting*": A Cultural, Rhetorical and Critical Analysis of Electronic Voting Technology. ProQuest. 2007. pp. 151–. ISBN 978-0-549-13811-2.
  2. ^ "Diebold's History". Archived from the original on 2017-01-22. Retrieved 2016-12-24.