Charles Henry Dietrich

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Charles Henry Dietrich
Charles Henry Dietrich.jpg
United States Senator
from Nebraska
In office
May 1, 1901 – March 4, 1905
Preceded by William V. Allen
Succeeded by Elmer Burkett
11th Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 3, 1901 – May 1, 1901
Lieutenant Ezra P. Savage
Preceded by William A. Poynter
Succeeded by Ezra P. Savage
Personal details
Born (1853-11-26)November 26, 1853
Aurora, Illinois
Died April 10, 1924(1924-04-10) (aged 70)
Hastings, Nebraska
Political party Republican

Charles Henry Dietrich (November 26, 1853 – April 10, 1924) was the 11th Governor of Nebraska.

He was born in Aurora, Illinois, and was of German ancestry.[1] His education was attained in the public schools of his native state and he quit at the age of twelve.[2]

Dietrich was married twice. His first wife, Elizabeth Slaker, died in 1887. After Elizabeth's death, he married Margretta Stewart Shaw in 1909.


Dietrich was employed as a clerk in a hardware store in St. Joseph, Missouri. He moved to Chicago, Illinois and engaged in the hardware business. He moved to Deadwood, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota), in 1875 and engaged in mercantile pursuits, delivering goods on pack animals through the Black Hills. He then located and owned the ‘Aurora’ mine.

Dietrich settled in Hastings, Nebraska, in 1878 and engaged in mercantile pursuits and in banking. Dietrich founded the German National Bank at Hastings and served aw the president of the bank from 1887 to 1905.[3] He became the president of the Hastings Board of Trade.[4]

Elected in 1900, Dietrich served as Governor of Nebraska from January 3, 1901 to May 1, 1901, when he resigned his governorship to fill a vacancy in the US Senate caused by the death of Monroe L. Hayward.[5]

Bribery Charge[edit]

Before he took office Dietrich was charged with bribery for accepting money to appoint Jacob Fisher to be a US Postmaster. He was charged with conspiracy to receive a bribe, accepting a bribe and profiting by the leaning of a building to the government. Before the trial began, the judge held that Dietrich could not be prosecuted because the alleged bribery occurred after he was elected, but before Dietrich was sworn in as a US Senator. All the charges were then dropped.(1901) [6][7][8]

His tenure in the Senate lasted from May 1, 1901, to March 4, 1905, and he served as a pro-imperialist on the Lodge Committee investigating war crimes during the Philippine-American War. He did not run for reelection in 1904.


Dietrich retired in 1905 and died in Hastings, Nebraska. He is interred at Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska USA.[9]


  1. ^ "German ancestry Politicians in Nebraska". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Charles Henry Dietrich. The Encyclopedia of Nebraska. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Charles Henry Dietrich". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gov. Charles Dietrich papers at the Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved on July 9, 2009.
  5. ^ Charles Henry Dietrick. The Encyclopedia of Nebraska. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ | Senator Detrich’s Trial Comes to Sudden Ending, San Francisco Call, Volume 95, Number 40, 9 January 1904 [1]
  7. ^ Dietrich Wins in First Fight, The Chicago Daily Tribune: Tuesday, January 5, 1904, page 14, [2]
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ "Charles H. Dietrich". Find A Grave. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
William A. Poynter
Governor of Nebraska
January 1901 – May 1901
Succeeded by
Ezra P. Savage
United States Senate
Preceded by
William V. Allen
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Nebraska
Served alongside: Joseph H. Millard
Succeeded by
Elmer J. Burkett