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Beman Gates DAWES

(1870-1953)

DAWES, Beman Gates, (son of Rufus Dawes and brother of Vice President Charles Gates Dawes), a Representative from Ohio; born in Marietta, Washington County, Ohio, January 14, 1870; attended the common schools and Marietta Academy and College, Marietta, Ohio; engaged in agricultural pursuits and engineering and became interested in public utilities; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth Congresses (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1909); after his retirement from Congress became interested in the production of oil and the building of electric railways; founder of the Dawes Arboretum, an endowed institution dedicated to the education of youth; in 1914 was elected president and chairman of the board of directors of the Pure Oil Co., and was a member of the executive committee at time of death; died in Newark, Ohio, May 15, 1953; interment in Dawes Mausoleum, Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio.

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

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