DAWES, Charles Gates (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.

Northwestern University Library
Special Collections Department
Evanston, IL
Papers: 1884-1951, approximately 200 cubic feet.
The papers of Charles Gates Dawes include diaries, personal and business correspondence, scrapbooks, invitations, copies of articles and speeches, and financial records. Includes substantial amounts of material related to the World War I Military Board of Allied Supply; to rules reform in the U.S. Senate; to the Reconstruction Finance Corporation; and to Charles Gates Dawes's service as Ambassador to Great Britain (1929-1932). The papers also include manuscripts of Charles Dawes's writings. A container list for the papers is available in the repository.

Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI
Papers: 1927, 1 item.
A letter from Charles Gates Dawes to Frederick S. Peck written on December 22, 1927. In the letter, Charles Gates Dawes thanks Frederick S. Peck for the receipt of a photograph.

Evanston Historical Society
Evanston, Illinois
Papers: 1832-1976, 16 cubic feet.
The papers include correspondence of Charles Gates Dawes's relatives, together with correspondence to William McKinley, scrapbooks, memorial information about Charles Gates Dawes, general and personal items, writings, speeches, family papers, inventories, invitations, schedulebooks, family history and genealogy, probate will, and a petition. Topics covered in the papers include Charles Gates Dawes's work in politics, business law and banking, foreign policy during World War I and the Hoover years, World War I reparations, philanthropy, and music scores. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository.

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: 1925, 1 item.
A letter from Charles Gates Dawes to Fred Dickenson Letts written on May 15, 1925. In the letter, Charles Gates Dawes regretfully declines to speak at the Daughters of the American Revolution dedication of the old home of Antoine Le Claire.

Papers: 1929, 1 item.
A letter from Charles Gates Dawes to Harry P. Harrison written on February 21, 1929. In the letter, Charles Gates Dawes expresses confidence in Harry P. Harrison.

  • Ackerman, Carl W. Dawes -- The Doer! New York: Era Publications, 1924.
  • Dawes, Charles. The Banking System of the United States and Its Relation to the Money and Business of the Country. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Company, 1894. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1980.
  • ------. The Currency. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1913.
  • ------. The First Year of the Budget of the United States. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1923.
  • ------. How Long Prosperity? Chicago: A. N. Marquis, 1937.
  • ---. Journal as Ambassador to Great Britain. Foreword by Herbert Hoover. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1939. Reprint, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, [1970].
  • ------. A Journal of Reparations. Forewords by Lord Stamp [and] H. BrĂ¼ning. London: Macmillan, 1939.
  • ------. A Journal of the Great War. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1921.
  • ------. A Journal of the McKinley Years. Edited, and with a foreword, by Bascom N. Timmons. Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1950.
  • ------. Notes As Vice President, 1928-1929. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Company, 1894. Reprint, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1935. Boston: Little, Brown, 1935.
  • Leach, Paul Roscoe. That Man Dawes; The Story of a Man Who Has Placed His Name High Among the Great of the World in this Generation Because He Ruled His Life by Common Sense. Chicago: The Reilly & Lee Co., [1930].
  • MacDonald, Arthur. Scientific Political Study of Charles G. Dawes, The Republican Nominee for the Vice Presidency. [Amsterdam?: N.p., 1924].
  • Timmons, Bascom N. Charles G. Dawes: Portrait of an American. 1953. Reprint, New York: Garland Publishers, 1979.