Charles Fletcher Dole

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Charles Fletcher Dole (1845–1927) was an influential Unitarian minister, speaker, and writer in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston, Massachusetts, and Chairman of the Association to Abolish War. Dole authored of a substantial number of books on politics, history and theology.


Dole was born May 17, 1845 in Brewer, Maine. He was the son of Reverend Nathan Dole (1811–1855) and Caroline Fletcher Dole (1817–1914), and the older brother of Nathan Haskell Dole (1852–1935). He received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in 1868, and married Frances Drummond. Charles Fletcher Dole became an influential Unitarian Minister, serving 40 years as pastor of the First Church of Jamaica Plain.[1]

His son James Drummond Dole moved to the Territory of Hawaii in 1899 to establish a pineapple-growing empire which would eventually become the Dole Food Company. He lived with cousin Sanford Ballard Dole (1844–1926) who was territorial governor.[1] Dole himself moved to Hawaii in 1909 (where he was welcomed by the conservative community despite his progressive views),[2] and died there in 1927.



  1. ^ a b F. Washington Jarvis (April 2008). "James Drummond Dole "The Pineapple King"". Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Roxbury Latin School. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Patriot Dole". The Friend LXVI (3) (Honolulu). March 1906. p. 3. 

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