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Charles Dawes
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"United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
In office
June 15, 1929 – December 30, 1931
President "Herbert Hoover
Preceded by "Alanson B. Houghton
Succeeded by "Andrew Mellon
"30th Vice President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1925 – March 4, 1929
President "Calvin Coolidge
Preceded by "Calvin Coolidge
Succeeded by "Charles Curtis
Director of the "Bureau of the Budget
In office
June 23, 1921 – June 30, 1922
President "Warren G. Harding
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by "Herbert Lord
10th "Comptroller of the Currency
In office
January 1, 1898 – September 30, 1901
President "William McKinley
Preceded by "James H. Eckels
Succeeded by "William Ridgely
Personal details
Born (1865-08-27)August 27, 1865
"Marietta, Ohio, U.S.
Died April 23, 1951(1951-04-23) (aged 85)
"Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Political party "Republican
Spouse(s) "Caro Blymyer (m. 1889; d. 1951)
Children 4
Education "Marietta College ("BA)
"University of Cincinnati ("LLB)
Civilian awards "Nobel Peace Prize
Signature ""Cursive signature in ink
Military service
Allegiance  "United States
Service/branch  "United States Army
Years of service 1917–1919
Rank ""US-O7 insignia.svg "Brigadier general
Unit "American Expeditionary Forces
Liquidation Commission of the "War Department
Battles/wars "World War I
Military awards "Army Distinguished Service Medal

Charles Gates Dawes (August 27, 1865 – April 23, 1951) was an American banker, politician, and military general who was the 30th "Vice President of the United States (1925–29). For his work on the "Dawes Plan for "World War I reparations, he was a co-recipient of the "Nobel Peace Prize in 1925. Dawes served in the First World War, was the "Comptroller of the Currency, the first director of the "Bureau of the Budget, and, in later life, the "Ambassador to the United Kingdom.


Early life and family[edit]

From 1909 to 1951, Charles G. Dawes lived in this "house at 225 Greenwood St. in "Evanston, Illinois, which was built in 1894 by Robert Sheppard. The house is a "National Historic Landmark.

Dawes was born in "Marietta, Ohio, in "Washington County, son of "Civil War General "Rufus Dawes and his wife Mary Beman Gates.[1] "Rufus Dawes had commanded the 6th Wisconsin Regiment of the "Iron Brigade from 1863 to 1864 during the "American Civil War.

Dawes brothers were "Rufus C. Dawes, "Beman Gates Dawes, and "Henry May Dawes, all prominent businessmen or politicians. He also had two sisters, Mary Frances Dawes Beach, and Betsey Gates Dawes Hoyt.[2]

Dawes was a great-great-grandson of "Revolutionary War figure "William Dawes. In 1915, Dawes joined the Illinois Society of the "Sons of the American Revolution by right of his descent from William Dawes.[3]

Dawes married "Caro Blymyer in 1889. They had a son, Rufus Fearing Dawes, and a daughter, Carolyn. They later adopted two children, Dana and Virginia.[4]


He graduated from "Marietta College in 1884,[5] and from the "Cincinnati Law School in 1886.[6] His fraternity was "Delta Upsilon.["citation needed]

Early business career[edit]

Dawes was admitted to the bar in "Nebraska, and he practiced in "Lincoln, Nebraska, from 1887 to 1894.[5][7] When Lieutenant "John Pershing, the future Army general, was appointed as a military instructor at the "University of Nebraska while attending its law school, he and Dawes met and formed a lifelong friendship.[8]

In 1894, Dawes acquired interests in a number of Midwestern gas plants, and he became the president of both the La Crosse Gas Light Company in "La Crosse, Wisconsin and the Northwestern Gas Light and Coke Company in "Evanston, Illinois.[4]

His interest in music[edit]

Dawes was a self-taught pianist and a composer. His composition Melody in A Major became a well-known piano and violin song in 1912.[9] Marie Edwards made a popular arrangement of the work in 1921.[10] Also, in 1921, it was arranged for a small orchestra by Adolf G. Hoffmann.[11] Melody in A Major was played at many official functions which Dawes attended.[12]

In 1951, "Carl Sigman added lyrics to Melody in A Major transforming the song into "It's All in the Game.[12] "Tommy Edwards' recording of "It's All in the Game" was a number-one hit on the American "Billboard record chart for six weeks in the fall of 1958.[13] Edwards' version of the song also hit number one on the United Kingdom chart that year.[14]

Since then, it has since become a pop standard. It has been recorded by numerous artists, including "Cliff Richard, "The Four Tops, "Isaac Hayes, "Jackie DeShannon, "Van Morrison, "Nat "King" Cole, "Brook Benton, "Elton John, "Mel Carter, "Donny and Marie Osmond, "Barry Manilow, and "Keith Jarrett.

Dawes is the only vice president to be credited with a No. 1 pop hit.[12] Dawes and "Sonny Bono are the only people credited with a No. 1 pop hit who were also members of the "United States Senate or "House of Representatives.[15] Dawes and "Bob Dylan are the only persons credited with a No. 1 pop hit to have also won a Nobel Prize.[a]

Early political career[edit]

Dawes' prominent positions in business caught the attention of Republican party leaders. They asked Dawes to manage the Illinois portion of "William McKinley's bid for the "Presidency of the United States in "1896.[16] Following McKinley's election, Dawes was rewarded for his efforts by being named "Comptroller of the Currency, "United States Department of the Treasury. Serving in that position from 1898 to 1901, he collected more than $25 million from banks that had failed during the "Panic of 1893, and also changed banking practices to try to prevent a similar event in the future.["citation needed]

Upon the death of his father in 1899, Dawes became a First Class Companion of the "Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.["citation needed]

In October 1901, Dawes left the Department of the Treasury in order to pursue a "U.S. Senate seat from Illinois. He thought that, with the help of the McKinley Administration, he could win it. McKinley was assassinated and his successor, President "Theodore Roosevelt, preferred Dawes's opponent.[17] In 1902, following this unsuccessful attempt at legislative office, Dawes declared that he was done with politics. He organized the Central Trust Company of Illinois, where he served as its president until 1921.[4]

On September 5, 1912, Dawes' 21-year-old son Rufus drowned in "Geneva Lake,[18] while on summer break from "Princeton University. In his memory, Dawes created "homeless shelters in both "Chicago and "Boston.[19]

World War I participation and the Nobel Peace Prize[edit]

Gen. Charles Dawes during World War I

Dawes helped support the first "Anglo-French Loan to the "Entente powers of $500 million. Dawes' support was important because the House of Morgan needed public support from a non-Morgan banker. The Morgan banker Thomas Lamont said that Dawes' support would "make a position for him in the banking world such as he otherwise could never hope to make."[20] (Loans were seen as possibly violating neutrality, and Wilson was still resisting permitting loans.)

During the "First World War, Dawes was commissioned major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel of the 17th Engineers. In October 1918 he was promoted to brigadier general.[21] From August 1917 to August 1919, Dawes served in France during World War I as chairman of the general purchasing board for the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), as a member representing the AEF on the Military Board of Allied Supply, and, after the war, as a member of the Liquidation Commission of the "United States War Department. He was decorated with the "Distinguished Service Medal[22] and the French "Croix de Guerre in recognition of his service. He returned to the United States on board the "SS Leviathan in August 1919.[23]

In February 1921, the U.S. Senate held hearings on war expenditures. During heated testimony, Dawes burst out, "Hell and Maria, we weren't trying to keep a set of books over there, we were trying to win a war!"[24] He was later known as "Hell and Maria Dawes" (although he always insisted the expression was "Helen Maria").["citation needed]

Dawes resigned from the Army in 1919[4] and became a member of the "American Legion. When the "Bureau of the Budget was created, he was appointed in 1921 by President "Warren G. Harding as its first director. Hoover appointed him to the Allied Reparations Commission in 1923. For his work on the "Dawes Plan, a program to enable Germany to restore and stabilize its economy, Dawes shared the "Nobel Peace Prize in 1925.[4] The negotiations on reparations broke down. Dawes' plan was replaced with the "Young Plan, which reduced the total amount of reparations and called for the removal of occupying forces.[25]

Vice presidency[edit]

Dawes (r) and "Calvin Coolidge

I should hate to think that the Senate was as tired of me at the beginning of my service as I am of the Senate at the end.

— Charles G. Dawes[26]

At the "1924 Republican National Convention, President "Calvin Coolidge was quickly selected almost without opposition to be the "Republican presidential nominee.[27] The vice presidential nominee was more contested. Illinois Governor "Frank Lowden was nominated, but declined. Coolidge's next choice was Idaho Senator "William Borah, but he also declined the nomination. The Republican National Chairman, William Butler, pledged to nominate then Commerce Secretary "Herbert Hoover, but he was not sufficiently popular.[27] Eventually, the delegates chose Dawes to be the vice presidential nominee. Coolidge quickly accepted the delegates' choice and felt that Dawes would be loyal to him and make a strong addition to his campaign.[27]

Dawes was elected Vice President of the United States on November 4, 1924 with more popular votes than the candidates from the "Democratic and "Progressive parties combined.[28] The inauguration was held on March 4, 1925.[29]

On March 10, the president's nomination of "Charles B. Warren to be "United States Attorney General was being debated. In the wake of the "Teapot Dome scandal and other scandals, Democrats and Progressive Republicans objected to the nomination because of Warren's close association with the "Sugar Trust. At midday, six speakers were scheduled to address Warren's nomination. Desiring to take a break for a nap, Dawes consulted the majority and minority leaders, who assured him that no vote would be taken that afternoon. After Dawes left the Senate, however, all but one of the scheduled speakers decided against making formal remarks, and a vote was taken. When it became apparent that the vote would be tied, Republican leaders hastily called Dawes at the Willard Hotel and he immediately left. While waiting for Dawes to arrive, the only Democratic senator who had voted for Warren switched his vote. The nomination had failed by a single vote resulting in the first such rejection of a president's nominee in nearly 60 years.[26]

This incident was chronicled in a derisive poem, based on the Longfellow poem ""Paul Revere's Ride;" it began with the line, "Come gather round children and hold your applause for the afternoon ride of Charlie Dawes." The choice of poem was based on Charles Dawes being descended from "William Dawes, who rode with Paul Revere.["citation needed]

Dawes convinced the Senate to pass the "McNary–Haugen Farm Relief Bill; Coolidge vetoed the bill.[26]

In 1928, the Republican presidential nomination went to Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover. Rumors circulated about Dawes serving as the vice presidential candidate on the ticket with Hoover. Coolidge made it known that he would consider an affront the renomination of Dawes as vice president, and "Charles Curtis of Kansas, known for his skills in collaboration, was chosen as Hoover's running mate.[30]

However, with the esteem in which Europeans held Dawes, he made a better candidate for an ambassadorship.[31]

Court of St. James' and the RFC[edit]

After Dawes had finished his term as vice president, he served as the "U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom (i.e., to the "Court of St. James's) from 1929 to 1932.[32] Overall, Dawes was considered to be a very effective U.S. ambassador, as "George V's son, the future "Edward VIII, would later confirm in his memoirs.["citation needed] Dawes was rather rough-hewn for some of his duties, disliking having to present American "débutantes to the King. On his first visit to the royal court, in deference to American public opinion, he refused to wear the customary Court dress, which then included knee "breeches. This episode was said to upset the King, who had been prevented by illness from attending the event.

As the "Great Depression continued to ravage the United States, Dawes accepted President "Herbert Hoover's appeal to leave diplomatic office and head the newly created "Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC). But after a few months, Dawes resigned from the RFC. As a board member of the failing City National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago, he felt obligated to work for its rescue.["citation needed] Political opponents alleged that, under Dawes' leadership, the RFC had given his bank preferential treatment.["citation needed] This marked the end of Dawes' career in public service. For the "1932 election, Hoover considered the possibility of adding Dawes to the ticket in place of Curtis, but Dawes declined the potential offer.[33]

Later life[edit]

Dawes resumed a role in the banking business, serving for nearly two decades as chairman of the board of the City National Bank and Trust Co., from 1932 until his death.["citation needed]

Selected writings[edit]


He died on April 23, 1951 at his Evanston home from "coronary thrombosis.[34] He is interred in "Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago.[35]

Legacy and honors[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dylan, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, wrote "Mr. Tambourine Man, a No. 1 hit for "The Byrds


  1. ^ Dunlap, Annette B. (2016). Charles Gates Dawes: a Life. Northwestern University Press and the Evanston History Center. p. 12. "ISBN "9780810134195. 
  2. ^ Gates Dawes Ancestral Lines
  3. ^ Thruston, Rogers Clark Ballard (June 1, 1913). Official Bulletin of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. 8–10. Sons of the American Revolution: Louisville, KY. p. 32. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Davis, Jr., Henry Blaine (1998). Generals in Khaki. Raleigh, NC: Pentland Press, Inc. p. 103. "ISBN "1571970886. 
  5. ^ a b Dunlap, Annette B. Charles Gates Dawes: a Life. p. 17. 
  6. ^ Dunlap, Annette B. Charles Gates Dawes: a Life. p. 18. 
  7. ^ Dunlap, Annette B. Charles Gates Dawes: a Life. pp. 20–38. 
  8. ^ Dunlap, Annette B. Charles Gates Dawes: a Life. pp. 24–25. 
  9. ^ Dawes, Charles Gates. Melody [in A major] for violin with piano acc. Chicago: Gamble Hinged Music, 1912. "OCLC 21885776
  10. ^ Dawes, Charles Gates, and Marie Edwards. Melody. Chicago, Ill: Gamble Hinged Music Co, 1921. "OCLC 10115887
  11. ^ Dawes, Charles Gates, and Adolf G. Hoffmann. Melody, small orchestra. Chicago: Gamble Hinged Music Co, 1921. "OCLC 46679677
  12. ^ a b c
  13. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, revised and enlarged 6th edition (New York: Billboard Publications, 1996), 201.
  14. ^ (Hatfield 1997: 360)
  15. ^ "Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 539. 
  16. ^ Davis, Jr., Henry Blaine (1998). Generals in Khaki. Pentland Press, Inc. p. 81. "ISBN 1571970886. OCLC 40298151
  17. ^ (Waller 1998:274)
  18. ^ "Charles Gates Dawes Timeline – Evanston History Center". 
  19. ^ "Let's Talk It Over". The National Magazine. 46 (September): 905. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  20. ^ Merchants of Death Revisited "Mises Institute p. 61
  21. ^ New York Times. October 4, 1918.
  22. ^ "Valor awards for Charles G. Dawes". 
  23. ^ New York Times. August 7, 1919.
  24. ^ Dunlap, Annette B. Charles Dawes Gates: a Life. p. 144. 
  25. ^ Dunlap, pp. 214–215.
  26. ^ a b c Hatfield, M. O. (1997). Vice Presidents of the United States, 1789–1993. Senate Historical Office. Washington: United States Government Printing Office
  27. ^ a b c Hatfield 1997: 363
  28. ^ Hatfield 1997: 364
  29. ^ American Foreign Relations, A History. p. 193. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  30. ^ "Mencken, Henry Louis; "George Jean Nathan (1929). The American mercury. p. 404. 
  31. ^ Dunlap, Annette B. (2016). Charles Gates Dawes: a Life. Northwestern University Press and the Evanston History Center. p. 223. "ISBN "9780810134195. 
  32. ^ Dunlap, Annette B. Charles Gates Dawes: a Life. pp. 221–244. 
  33. ^ Witcover, Jules (2014). The American Vice Presidency. Smithsonian Books. p. 296. 
  34. ^ "Charles G. Dawes, Ex-Vice President, Dies (April 24, 1951)". 
  35. ^ Rumore, Kori. "Buried in Chicago: Where the famous rest in peace". 
  36. ^ Dunlap, Annette B. Charles Gates Dawes: a Life. pp. 178–179. 


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Succeeded by
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