Beman Gates Dawes

Beman Gates Dawes ( born January 14, 1870 in Marietta, Ohio; † May 15, 1953 in Newark, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1905 and 1909 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Beman Dawes was a descendant of William Dawes (1745-1799), a fighter in the American Revolutionary War. He was also the son of Congressman Rufus R. Dawes ( 1838-1899 ). His brother Charles (1865-1951) was from 1925 to 1929 Vice President of the United States. Dawes attended the common schools and the Marietta Academy and the local college. He then worked in the timber industry and later in the public service. Politically, he was like his father and brother, a member of the Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1904 Dawes was in the 15th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of H. Clay Van Voorhis on March 4, 1905. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1909 two legislative sessions. In 1908, he gave up another candidacy.

After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Beman Dawes went into the oil business. He was also involved in the production of electric railways. He founded the Dawes Arboretum, a means for promoting the education of young people. Since 1914, he was President and CEO of Pure Oil Co. At the time of his death he was still on the board of this oil company. He died on 15 May 1953 in Newark, where he was interred in a mausoleum in his arboretum.