Charles W. F. Dick
|Charles W. F. Dick|
|United States Senator
March 23, 1904 – March 3, 1911
|Preceded by||Marcus A. Hanna|
|Succeeded by||Atlee Pomerene|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 19th district
November 8, 1898 – March 23, 1904
|Preceded by||Stephen A. Northway|
|Succeeded by||W. Aubrey Thomas|
November 3, 1858|
|Died||March 13, 1945
|Spouse(s)||Carrie M. Peterson|
Born in Akron, Ohio, his parents were Gottlieb Dick (a Scotch/German immigrant), and Magdalena or "Lena" ( Von Handel) Dick, who immigrated to the US from Heidelberg, Germany. On June 30, 1881, Dick and Carrie May Peterson of Akron ( the daughter of Dr. James Holman Peterson and Caroline Van Evera)were married. They had five children. James, Lucius, Carl, Grace( Mrs.Edgar Williams) and Dorothy ( Mrs William Robinson) He was a Scottish Rite Mason, Odd Fellow, and Knight of Pythias.
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Dick first won election in 1886 as a Republican for Summit County Auditor. He was re-elected in 1888. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1894. He was a delegate to the 1892 and 1896 Republican National Conventions. Dick served as the National Secretary of the Republican National Committee from 1896 to 1900. He was also a Major in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives by a special election in 1898 to fill a vacancy created by the death of Stephen A. Northway, serving the 19th district. Dick served until he resigned in 1904, having been elected to the Senate in March 1904 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Marcus A. Hanna. In the Senate he served on the Mining Committee. He also was the head of a Congressional Committee which investigated a controversy at the US Military Academy at West Point. He served in the US Senate until 1911, when he lost a bid for a second term. For a time he was on the Board of Directors of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron and was one of its largest stock holders. After leaving the Senate Dick practiced law in Washington and Akron. He also owned a number of hotels including the Lafayette in Washington and Chatham in New York.
From 1941 until his death on March 13, 1945, at age 86, Dick was the oldest living former US Senator. He was buried in Glendale Cemetery, Akron, Summit County, Ohio USA.
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- Mercer, James K.; Rife, Edward K. (1903). Representative men of Ohio, 1900-1903. Columbus: James K. Mercer. pp. 50–53.
- "Charles W. F. Dick". Find A Grave. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
- Charles W. F. Dick at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2009-05-16
- "Charles W. F. Dick". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
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