Charles Gates DAWES, Congress, (1865-1951)


DAWES, Charles Gates, (son of Rufus Dawes and brother of Beman Gates Dawes), a Vice President of the United States; born in Marietta, Washington County, Ohio, August 27, 1865; attended the common schools; graduated from Marietta College in 1884 and from the Cincinnati Law School in 1886; admitted to the bar in 1886 and practiced in Lincoln, Nebr., 1887-1894; interested in public utilities and banking 1894-1897; Comptroller of the Currency, United States Treasury Department 1898-1901; unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate in 1902; during the First World War was commissioned major, lieutenant colonel, and brigadier general of the Seventeenth Engineers; served with the American Expeditionary Forces as chief of supply procurement and was a member of the Liquidation Commission, War Department; resigned from the Army 1919; upon the creation of the Bureau of the Budget was appointed its first Director in 1921; appointed to the Allied Reparations Commission in 1923; for his work on a program to enable Germany to restore and stabilize its economy, shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1925; elected on November 5, 1924, Vice President of the United States on the Republican ticket with President Calvin Coolidge and was inaugurated March 4, 1925, for the term ending March 3, 1929; Ambassador to Great Britain 1929-1932; resumed the banking business and was chairman of the board of the City National Bank and Trust Co., Chicago, Ill., from 1932 until his death in Evanston, Ill., April 23, 1951; interment in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.


Dawes, Charles. Notes As Vice President, 1928-1929. Boston: Little, Brown, 1935; Timmons, Bascom N. Charles G. Dawes: Portrait of an American. 1953. Reprint. New York: Garland Publishers, 1979.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present