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DAWES, Rufus, (father of Vice President Charles Gates Dawes and Beman Gates Dawes), a Representative from Ohio; born in Malta, Morgan County, Ohio, July 4, 1838; attended the common schools, and was graduated from Marietta College, Ohio, in 1860; during the Civil War volunteered on April 25, 1861, and was chosen captain of Company K, Sixth Wisconsin Regiment, in the Army of the Potomac; appointed major June 21, 1862, lieutenant colonel March 24, 1863, colonel on July 6, 1864, and brevet brigadier general March 13, 1865; after the close of the war engaged in the wholesale lumber business in Marietta, Ohio; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; resumed the wholesale lumber business in Marietta, Washington County, Ohio, and died there August 2, 1899; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.

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

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