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Charles G. Dawes, Class of 1884

U.S. Vice President, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient,
and U.S. Ambassador

Charles Dawes

Few Americans have served the nation in more numerous and varied important capacities than did Charles Gates Dawes. Born in Marietta in 1865, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Marietta College in 1884.

Dawes became Comptroller of Currency (1898) under President McKinley; General of the Corps of Engineers and Chairman of the Purchasing Board of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I; first United States Director of the Budget (1920) under President Harding; author of the Dawes Plan, the basis for Germany’s reparations payments and for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 1925; Vice President of the United States under President Coolidge (1925-29); Ambassador to Great Britain (1929-32) and first President of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (1932) under President Hoover.

An extraordinarily able organizer and administrator, Dawes accumulated a personal fortune in utilities and banking, having founded the Central Trust Company of Illinois in 1902. He was a man of colorful characteristics, famous for his tart language, his underslung pipe, and his contempt for pomp. He authored several books and wrote the musical composition "Melody," which was popularized in the 1950s under the title, "It's All In the Game." Dawes was awarded an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws degree from Marietta College in 1919 and served on the Board of Trustees from 1896 until his death in 1951.