VICE PRESIDENT CHARLES G. DAWES - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/02/1903 - HFSID 17541
CHARLES G. DAWES
The former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency recommends a woman for a position in the Treasury Department.
Typed Letter signed: "Charles G. Dawes", 1p, 6½x7¼. Chicago, 1903 December 2. As President of the Central Trust Company of Illinois (1902-1921), Dawes writes to Secretary of the Treasury L.M. Shaw, Washington, D.C. In full: "I understand Mrs. Alice Rossiter Willard, formerly clerk in the Census Bureau, is desirous of obtaining appointment in the Treasury Department. Mrs. Willard I understand has an excellent record in the Census Bureau, and I shall be glad if you can in any way assist her. I do not know what positions are exempt from Civil Service, or whether she could be accorded a special examination for entrance into the Treasury Department, but I hope you can assist her as I believe her a most deserving woman." Charles G. Dawes (1865-1951) was a United States politician who most notably served as Vice President of the United States under President Calvin Coolidge (1925-1929). He was at McKinley's side as US Comptroller of the Currency (1897-1902) when the President died in 1901, the victim of an assassin's bullet. Dawes organized and served as first President (1902-1921) and Chairman of the Board (1921-1925) of the Central Union Trust Co. In 1921, he became the first Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Budget. Two years later, he was president of the commission investigating the German budget and payments of war reparations. The commission created the "Dawes Plan" of reorganization and loans, which was in effect from 1924-1930. Dawes won the 1925 Nobel Peace Prize for the Dawes Plan. He served afterwards as US Ambassador to Britain. Dawes was a commissioned Brigadier General during WWI, serving overseas as an accounting expert and finances director for a number of different military departments. As Vice President, he was known for his tumultuous relationship with President Coolidge. The banker was even an accomplished musician; he composed “Melody in a Major” (1912) for the piano and violin. Lyrics were added to the popular tune and has since been covered dozens of times by major music stars like Elton John, Nat King Cole, and Van Morrison. Light horizontal stain runs across the page at lower blank area. ¼-inch horizontal tear at blank left margin. Lightly creased at right margin. Otherwise, fine condition.
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