Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Ohio Moments


Charles Gates Dawes won Nobel Peace Prize

On Aug. 27, 1865, Charles Gates Dawes - who would win the Nobel Peace Prize and became vice president of the United States - was born in Marietta.

Dawes graduated from Marietta College in 1884 and the Cincinnati Law School in 1886. After distinguishing himself as a businessman, he entered politics when President William McKinley appointed him U.S. comptroller of the currency.

In 1917, Dawes became a major in the Army. In 1920 he became first director of the U.S. budget. Dawes chaired the League of Nations committee on German reparations. The 1924 Dawes Report outlined Germany's resources and ways to stabilize its currency. That year he was elected vice president under Calvin Coolidge. He received the 1925 Nobel Peace Prize for his report. In 1929, Dawes became U.S. ambassador to Great Britain. He died in 1951.

Rebecca Goodman

E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com or call (513) 768-8361.




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