Charles G. Dawes papers
MSDawe92

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Dawes, Charles Gates, 1865-1951
Title
Charles G. Dawes papers
ID
MSDawe92
Date [inclusive]
1856-1946
Extent
1.0 linear foot
Language
English
Abstract:
The Charles G. Dawes papers consist mostly of family correspondence with some speeches, professional correspondence, and a few miscellaneous illustrations and programs included.

Preferred Citation

Charles G. Dawes papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biography of Charles Dawes

Charles Gates Dawes was born on August 27, 1865 in Marietta, Ohio to General Rufus R. Dawes, and Mary Beman Gates. Charles's father had served with distinction in the Union army during the Civil War and later sat in the U.S. Congress. Charles G. Dawes studied at Marietta College and Cincinnati Law School in Ohio. From 1887 to 1894, Dawes practiced law in Lincoln, Nebraska, relocating permanently to Evanston, Illinois in 1894.

Appointed United States comptroller of the currency in 1897, Dawes resigned in a failed effort to secure the Republican Party's nomination for U.S. Senate candidate in 1901. He then shifted his energies toward banking as he organized the Central Trust Company of Illinois. Dawes returned to public service in World War I and served as head of supply procurement for the U.S. Army in France holding the rank of Brigadier General.

President Warren G. Harding appointed Dawes as the first director of the U.S. Bureau of the Budget in 1921. Dawes is perhaps best known for the Dawes Plan that temporarily saved Europe from economic collapse after World War I. Appointed by the Allied Reparations Commission to help Germany find a way to pay her enormous reparations to the Allies, Dawes presided over a committee that reorganized Germany's schedule of payments with the help of loans from American investors.

Charles G. Dawes then ran with President Calvin Coolidge and was elected to serve as the 30th Vice-President of the United States in 1924. Notable activities included energetic campaigning against the Ku Klux Klan, attempts to limit the use of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate, and support for the Kellogg-Briand Pact (an international treaty that sought to eliminate war as an instrument of foreign policy). He later served as Ambassador to Great Britain (1929-1932) under President Herbert Hoover. After briefly heading the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in 1932, Dawes returned to private life in the banking business. Charles Gates Dawes died in Evanston, Illinois on April 23, 1951.

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Scope and Contents

The Charles G. Dawes papers consist mostly of family correspondence with some speeches, professional correspondence, and a few miscellaneous illustrations and programs included.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2004-06-09

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Dawes, Charles Gates, 1865-1951 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.

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Bibliography

"Charles G. Dawes" Encyclopaedia Britannica from Encyclopaedia Britannica Onlin. http://search.eb.com/eb/article?eu=30011 [Accessed June 7, 2004].

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Charles Dawes Papers 

Box Folder

Correspondence - Aunt Bettie, 1876-1896 

1 1

Genealogy, 1878 

1 2

Correspondence - Mother (Mary Beman Gates Dawes), 1881-1883 

1 3

Correspondence - Father (General Rufus Dawes), 1888 

1 4

Correspondence - Brother (Beman) re. social life, 1882-1889 

1 5

Correspondence - Major E.C. Dawes (uncle), 1884-1895 

1 6

Correspondence - Uncle Will, 1887-1891 

1 7

Correspondence, 1885-1886 

1 8

Correspondence - Sister (Mary D. Beach), 1887-1891 

1 9

Correspondence - Father (Gen. Rufus Dawes), 1886-1887 

1 10

Correspondence - Sister (Mary D. Beach), 1887 

1 11

Correspondence, clipping, 1887 

1 12

Correspondence - Mother, 1887 

1 13

Real estate listing, 1887 

1 14

Correspondence, 1887-1889 

1 15

Correspondence - Mother, 1887 

1 16

Correspondence - Brother (Henry M. Dawes), 1887-1890 

1 17

Correspondence, 1888 

1 18

Correspondence - Mother, 1888 

1 19

Correspondence - Father, 1888-1896 

1 20

Correspondence, 1889 

1 21

Correspondence - Relatives, 1889-1890 

1 22

Correspondence - Mother, 1889 

1 23

Correspondence - Uncle, 1889-1893 

1 24

Correspondence - W.C. Walton, Esq., 1889 

1 25

Correspondence - Brother (Beman), 1889-1891 

1 26

Correspondence - Sister (Bessie), 1889 

1 27

Correspondence - Mother, 1889-1890 

1 28

Correspondence - Aunt and Uncle (Mr. & Mrs. Sala Bosworth), 1889 

1 29

Correspondence - Geo. A. Crancer & Co., 1890 

1 30

Correspondence, 1890 

1 31

Correspondence - Mother, 1890-1891 

1 32

Correspondence - James W. Ellsworth, Esq., 1890-1893 

1 33

Correspondence, 1890 

1 34

Correspondence, 1891 

1 35

Correspondence - Sarah J. Cutler, 1891-1924 

1 36

Correspondence - Aunt (Frances B. Dawes), 1891-1924 

1 37

Correspondence - Brother (Rufus C. Dawes), 1891-1928 

1 38

Correspondence - Sam T. Brush, 1891 

1 39

Correspondence - R.H. Evans re. lost dog, 1891 

1 40

Correspondence, 1892-1897 

1 41

Correspondence - Mother, 1892-1897 

2 42

Correspondence - Uncle (Will W. Mills), 1894-1921 

2 43

Correspondence - Father, 1897-1898 

2 44

Correspondence - Sister (Mary), 1887-1891 

2 45

Correspondence, 1898-1921 

2 46

Correspondence - Father, 1899 

2 47

Speech - Currency reform, 1899 

2 48

Correspondence - Mother, 1900-1913 

2 49

Correspondence - C.H. McConnell, 1912 

2 50

Correspondence - Brooks Beitler, 1912 

2 51

Correspondence - William R. Jemey, 1912 

2 52

Correspondence - Mother, 1914-1921 

2 53

Correspondence - From Mother to Charles and Cora, 1916-1921 

2 54

Correspondence - Belgian Government, 1916-1917 

2 55

Memorandum - Requirements list for 7th Regiment, U.S. Reserve Engineers, 1917 

2 56

Correspondence, 1917 

2 57

Empty addressed envelopes, 1917-1929 

2 58

Correspondence - Nephew (Rufus Beach), 1918 

2 59

Correspondence - Red Cross, 1919 

2 60

Correspondence - Cousin (Sarah J. Shedd), 1921 

2 61

Speech - Given at laying of cornerstone for Harding Memorial, 1926 

2 62

Speech, 1926 

2 63

Correspondence, 1928 

2 64

Speech, 1928 

2 65

Joslin, Theodore G. "No Silent Vice President was Charles G. Dawes." Boston Evening Transcript. Jan. 23, 1929. 

2 66

Correspondence, 1929 

2 67

Correspondence - Rejection letter for submission to Atlantic Monthly, 1940 

2 68

Correspondence, programs, 1940 

2 69

Correspondence - Genealogy, 1941 

2 70

Correspondence - Sister, 1942 

2 71

Correspondence - Society of the War of 1812, 1946 

2 72

Poem, "Like Hell," anonymous, n.d. 

2 73

School essay, n.d. 

2 74

Charles G. Dawes - Essay re. Science and Scientists, n.d. 

2 75

Earl Godwin - Essay re. Charles G. Dawes, n.d. 

2 76

Illustration of President William McKinley, n.d. 

2 77

Charles G. Dawes - Essay re. stoicism, n.d. 

2 78

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