Up Next: Rufus Dawes — Ohio Man, Wisconsin Soldier

Nov. 14, 2018 (Wednesday) — Grandson of both a Revolutionary War Hero and the Founder of Ohio University


Rufus Dawes

Rufus R. Dawes was born on July 4, 1838 in Malta, OH.  He was both the great-grandson of William Dawes, whose midnight ride (more than Paul Revere’s) altered colonial minutemen of the approach of the British army at the beginning of the Revolution and the great-grandson of Rev. Manasseh Cutler, the father of Ohio University.

Rufus Dawes was a graduate of Marietta College, but was living in Juneau County, Wisconsin when the Civil War erupted in April 1861 and immediately raised Company K of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry.  Dawes rose in rank from captain to major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel of the regiment in 1864. During the war the 6th Wisconsin served in many major battles in the Eastern Theatre including Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania and Petersburg as one of five regiments known as the Iron Brigade. On March 15, 1865, Dawes was appointed brevet brigadier general.

Following the Civil War Dawes returned to Ohio and operated a successful wholesale lumber business in Marietta, served one-term as U.S. congressman, and remained active as a member of the Board of Trustees at Marietta College as well as in Republican politics, veterans and civic affairs.

While on furlough in January 1864, Dawes married Mary Beman Gates. The couple had six children, including Charles G. Dawes, Vice-President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge.

This presentation will chronicle the life of this remarkable man, with a focus on his actions during the Civil War.