Ashland University Archives logo

Archive Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Collection Charles Tharp Collection of Presidential Campaign Biographies
Title General Charles Dick
Biographical information
Accession number 2012-17
Caption Carl Dick
Catalog Number 2012-17Archive
Creator Carl Peterson Dick
Exhibit# 0
Imagefile 015\201217Archive.JPG
Object Name Records
People Dick, Carl Peterson.
Scope & Content General Charles Dick
Written by Edgar Morgan Williams
(son-in-law of Charles Dick, and law partner, 1892-1963, Akron, Ohio)

Nov. 3, 1858-Born in an old colonial house on S. Howard St., Akron, Ohio, the son of Magdalene and Gottlieb Dick.

1876-Graduated from Jennings School, studying law at night.

1875-1876-Employed in the furnishing store of Chipman & Barnes as a bookkeeper.

1877-1879-Bookkeeper and teller for Citizens Savings and Loan.

1876-Enlisted as private in Ohio National Guard (17 years old) and City Guards, who guarded catafalque of Garfield.

1876-Attended his first National Convention-at 17.

1879-Bookkeeper for John F. Seiberling at Empire Mower Repair.

1881-Formed partnership of "Dick and Miles", grain commission, later "Peterson and Dick", then "Peterson and Wright", now "W. E. Wright Co."

1881-Married Carrie Peterson, daughter of Dr. James Peterson.

1884-Republican County Committee Chairman, assisting McKinley for Governor.

1885-Advanced to Captain, Co. B. of the 8th. Ohio Infantry.

1887-Elected Auditor of Summit County, and served 3 terms.

1888-Promoted to Major.

1890-Ed Paterson replaced Miles in the firm of Dick and Miles, Miles dropping out. Later Wright replaced Dick who accepted office.

1893-Entered Bar at Columbus to practice law in Ohio, and in Washington licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court. For a decade, he was the senior partner in the well-known firm of Dick, Doyle, and Bryan.

1897-1898-Served in Cuba during the Spanish American War. He was promoted to Colonel, and was chosen by Gen. Shafter as special commissioner to President McKinley and the War Department to report on the condition of the United States Troops in Cuba following active hostilities.

1898-Was made Major General of Ohio National Guard.

1899-Was appointed by McKinley to serve out Representative Northrup's term in the House, then was re-elected 3 more terms.

1896-Chairman of State Republican Committee-McKinley for President.

1897-1900-Chairman of National Committee-McKinley for President.

1904-Re-elected to Congress, serving until appointed to fill Mark Hanna's seat in the United States Senate, receiving the unanimous support of his party.

1904-1911-Re-elected and served 2 full terms. In both the House of Representatives and Senate, he was on every military committee, and chairman of most of them.

1889-1901-Elected Director, and on Board of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.; had been an original subscriber.

1901-1906-Re-elected by Board of Directors and Vice President of the Company.

1901-Appointed by McKinley, Chairman of Hazing Committee at West Point, when public was clamoring for elimination of Military Academy. With careful handling, the outcome was a complete rehabilitation, called the New West Point.

1902-Rural Free Delivery was established in Ohio, through his efforts.

1903-Drafted the "Dick Militia Bill"-foundation of the Army today.
1905-Drafted "Pension Appropriation Bill".

1908-Drafted Amendment called "Dick-Stevenson Bill". It was supported by entire state. Outcome is "National Defense Act" of 1916.

1910-Committee chairman drafter "Bureau of Mines", result of being on committee of Militia affairs, and investigating "Coem D'Alaine".

1918-After 6 years retirement from public service, with law offices in Akron and Washington, he pursued many interests. As representative of the military interest of the state, General Dick had also gained national prominence and it was said of him that "Outside of the staff of the regular Army, the country had no abler authority and advisor on Military Affairs than General Dick". Veterans of all wars named a "General Dick Day", August 8, 1916. A Reserve Officers Unit in Akron was named "General Dick Chapter". He was acclaimed leading figure in formation of Summit County Veteran's Association. Active in all military, patriotic and civic affairs-as organizer, speaker, leader of parades, centennials, McKinley's Annual Re-unions every Labor Day; in Masonic and Knights Templar Activities, speaker for many on occasions; a 32nd Degree Mason, Knight Templar, Shriner, Army-Navy Club Washington and Akron, Army-Navy Union, Union Club of Cleveland, Ohio, and New York Society of Ohio, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Santiago de Cuba, Indian Territorial committee member, also Region Centennial, Lewis and Clark, and on Commission of many historical societies both local and national; and many honorary memberships. In Akron, he was a member of the Bar Association, Horticultural Historical Society, McGuffey Club, first President of Fifty Year Club, etc.

Likewise in Cleveland, New York and Washington, he was a member of numerous organizations. In the early 1900's when in Congress, he was influential in getting appropriations for a new Post Office, new Railroad Station, Armory and other governmental buildings. He donated generously to every worthy cause from their beginnings: City Hospital, Children's Home, Summer Home, Y.W.C.A. and Y.M.C.A., Society for the Blind, Art Institute, Tuesday Musical, Buchtel College, Congregational and Lutheran Churches, public and Parochial schools. He was considered by some an orator, and was often invited to be speaker of Memorial Day, 4th of July and Christmas Day Shriners, at Masonic, churches, schools, and organizations, and always accommodated, sometimes presenting them with flag and pictures of presidents. A spontaneous speaker, only twice was it necessary to pre-write his talk; for radio engagement on Lincoln in Cleveland, and his acceptance speech, when entering the House and Senate. Of course, the Memorial Speeches for Representative Northway, Senator Hanna, and President McKinley were written, and published. Quoted from one of the many newspaper articles commenting, "He had wonderful command of the English language and a remarkable memory. Adding to his art of expression in relating his varied experiences, from acquaintance with the great man of his day, made him a popular speaker".

General Charles Dick, long commanding figure in the legal profession, political and military circles, was the promoter and the follower of constructive methods, and his labors were an effective force in advancing the public welfare. His worth as a man and citizen was attested by the fact that he had been accorded the friendship of many of the nation's leaders and in his home town, were he was best known, he had the entire respect and unqualified good will of those among whom he was reared and among whom his life was practically spent.

Died 1945