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Charles S. Dewey

Charles Schuveldt Dewey (November 10, 1880 – December 27, 1980) was a United States Representative from Illinois.[1]


Born in Cadiz, Ohio, Dewey moved in infancy to Chicago, Illinois. He attended public schools and St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire and graduated from Yale University, where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall, in 1904. He engaged in the real estate business in Chicago, Illinois from 1905 to 1917 served in the United States Navy from 1917 through 1919, being honorably discharged with the rank of senior lieutenant. He served as vice president of a trust company in Chicago, Illinois from 1920 to 1924, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in charge of fiscal affairs from 1924 to 1927, national treasurer of the American National Red Cross in 1926 and 1927, financial adviser to the Polish Government, and director of the Bank of Poland 1927-1930.[1]

He returned to Chicago in 1931 and resumed banking. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress but was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-seventh and Seventy-eighth Congresses (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1945). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1944 to the Seventy-ninth Congress and resumed the banking business.[1]

In April 1948 he was appointed agent general of the Joint Committee on Foreign Economic Cooperation and served until June 1952. He served as chairman of the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Red Cross from 1957 to 1961. He resided in Washington, D.C., until his death December 27, 1980. He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery.[1]

He married Suzette de Marigny Hall, a descendant of Louisiana's Bernard de Marigny, in Chicago on December 20, 1905.[2]

His son, A. Peter Dewey, was accidentally shot and killed by Viet Minh in 1945, making him (arguably) the first person killed in the Vietnam War.[3]

In 1959 he married the former Elizabeth Zolnay Smith. He was a stepfather to Lucinda Luce Smith and Melissa Tyler Smith, and a grandfather to Charles E, Lucinda K, and John Tyler Treat.

His grandson David Alger was killed in the 9/11 attacks.[4]



External links

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  • Frederick M. Alger Jr. entry at
  • David Alger NY Times obituary, Sept. 25, 2001

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