Charles W. Dick

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Charles Dick was born in Akron, Ohio. He had an active legal and political career, and served as U. S. Senator

for Ohio from 1904 to 1911.

Charles William Frederick Dick was born in Akron, Ohio, on November 3, 1858. After attending the local public schools, Dick studied the law. He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1894 and set up practice in his hometown. Dick briefly left his legal practice to serve in the Eighth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, during the Spanish-American War. When the war ended, Dick returned to Akron and once again began to practice law.

Associating himself with the Republican Party, Dick first entered politics as Summit County auditor from 1886 to 1894. He also was very active in the national Republican Party, serving as secretary of the Republican National Committee from 1896 to 1900. When Congressman Stephen A. Northway died in office in 1898, Dick was appointed to replace him in the U.S. House of Representatives. He subsequently gained reelection three times. Dick resigned from his seat in 1904 in order to accept appointment as a senator. Once again, Dick was replacing an Ohioan who had died in office -- Marcus A. Hanna. He served in the Senate from 1904 until 1911, when he failed to win reelection. While in Congress, Dick served as chairman of the Committee on Indian Depredations, chairman of the Committee on Militia, and as a member of the Committee on Mines and Mining.

After leaving the Senate, Dick resumed his legal practice in both Washington, DC, and Akron. He reentered the political arena once again in 1922, when he attempted to become the Republican candidate for the Senate, but was unsuccessful. Dick died in Akron, Ohio, on March 13, 1945. He was buried in Glendale Cemetery.

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