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Charles G. Dawes

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Bust portrait of the Nobel Peace Prize winner,

Vice President under President Calvin Coolidge

Charles Gates Dawes, 1865–1951.  30th Vice President of the United States; co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  8" x 10" portrait photograph inscribed and signed Best regards / Charles G. Dawes.

This is a beautiful formal bust portrait of Dawes by Eugene L. Ray of Evanston, Illinois.  Dawes has inscribed and signed it in jet black fountain pen.

Dawes, a prominent Illinois businessman, served as Comptroller of the Currency in the administration of President William McKinley before unsuccessfully seeking a seat in the United States Senate.  He subsequently gained notoriety for his work during and after World War I.  Commissioned a brigadier general in 1918, Dawes chaired the Allied Expeditionary Forcesʼ general purchasing board, represented the AEF on the Military Board of Allied Supply, and, after the war, served as a member of the War Departmentʼs Liquidation Commission. 

In 1921, President Warren G. Harding appointed Dawes as the first director of the Bureau of the Budget.  Dawes became a  member of the Allied Reparations Commission in 1923.  Two years later, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Dawes Plan, a program that provided for an end to allied occupation of Germany and staggered payments of Germanyʼs war reparations, based in part on American loans, in order to restore and stabilize the German economy. 

President Calvin Coolidge, who acceded to the presidency upon the death of President Warren G. Harding, was easily nominated for his own term in the White House in 1924.  After some contest at the Republican convention, the delegates nominated Dawes as the partyʼs vice presidential candidate.  Coolidge and Dawes were easily elected.  Dawes, however, proved to be neither loyal nor helpful to Coolidge. 

Dawes was the great-great grandson of William Dawes, the Revolutionary Ware figure who rode with Paul Revere to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that they were in danger of arrest by the British Army, which had marched out of Boston toward toward Lexington and Concord.

This photograph is in very fine condition.  Only a crease across the upper left corner and light silvering in the dark area at right keep us from grading it extra fine.

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