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Henry Laurens Dawes

Dawes, Henry Laurens, 1816–1903, U.S. Senator (1875–93), b. Cummington, Mass. He was U.S. district attorney for W Massachusetts (1853–57) and a Republican member of the House of Representatives (1857–75). He performed his most important service as chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and gave his name to the Dawes Act and the Dawes Commission.

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