Rufus Cutler Dawes


Rufus Cutler Dawes

Washington County, Ohio, USA
Death 8 Jan 1940 (aged 72)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Marietta, Washington County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 31643123 View Source
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William Miles Dawes 1895-1984
Charles Cutler Dawes 1899-1971
Jean Dawes Sherman 1901-1981
Palmer Dawes 1905-1967
Margaret Dawes Jefferson 1908-1997
Helen Dawes Watermulder 1911-


Rufus C. Dawes Chicago Fair Chief, Is Dead

Brother of Former Vice-President Proud That He Made It Pay

CHICAGO, Ill. Jan. 8 (AP) – Rufus C. Dawes, 72, who guided the Chicago World's Fair through successful seasons in 1933 and 1934 and proudly wrote its financial history in black ink, died Monday of a heart attack.

Known as a utilities executive, civic leader and member of a family famed in business, banking and politics, he attracted most attention as president of a Century of Progress Exposition which drew nearly 40,000 persons to the lake front grounds while the city and nation were emerging from the depression.

He was proud of the fact that the venture showed a profit and because, as he put, the first world's fair which did not finish in the red.

The funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church of suburban Evanston. Burial will be Thursday at Marietta, Ohio, where Dawes was born, July 30 1867.

Rufus and his brothers, Gen. Charles G. Dawes, former vice-President of the United States; Henry and Berman; were the sons of Gen. Rufus R. Dawes, who commanded the Sixth Wisconsin Regiment in the War Between the States.

Rufus graduated from Marietta College in 1886, was associated with his father in the lumber business for eleven years and then went to Evanston to become president of the Northwestern Gas, Light and Code Company. The four brothers had extensive utility holdings from then until 1929. Rufus served as president of the Union Gas & Electric Company, the Metropolitan Gas & Electric Company and Dawes Brothers, Inc. Eventually these firs purchased and managed fifty-two subdivisions.

When Charles Dawes was chosen to serve the German reparations problem after the World War, Rufus was drafted as economic advisor to American members of the committee of experts which evolved the Dawes plan.

Surviving are the three brothers, the wife, the former Helen Palmer of Washington Court House, Ohio; three sons, Charles C. William and Palmer, and three daughters, Mrs. Robert T. Sherman, Mrs. Beverly Jefferson and Mrs. Louis Watermulder.

The Dallas Morning News
Tuesday, January 9, 1940
Dallas, Texas, United States


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