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Dawes Delivers the Vote: A Libraries Exhibit

Dawes Delivers the Vote: A Glimpse at Elections, 1896-1924

A Northwestern Libraries exhibit
June 13 – November 11, 2016
Deering Library, third floor

Ambassador, U.S. comptroller, brigadier general, Nobel laureate: Evanston resident Charles Gates Dawes played many roles in his life, but perhaps he is best known as vice president under Calvin Coolidge from 1925 to 1929. As part of the 150th anniversary of Dawes’ birth, Northwestern Libraries present an exhibit that explores his life as a political force and fierce campaigner for Republican candidates and power player in the administrations of William McKinley, Warren Harding and Coolidge.

The exhibit from the Charles G. Dawes Archive in the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections features political correspondence, speeches, and two original editorial cartoons by the famed Chicago Tribune cartoonist John T. McCutcheon. Ephemera from the presidential campaign trail of 1924 shows Democrat John W. Davis and Progressive Party candidate Robert La Follette challenging incumbent Republican President Calvin Coolidge and running mate Charles G. Dawes.

“As we watch the final months of the 2016 presidential campaign, it seems appropriate to look at some of the issues and attitudes revealed by candidates of the past,” said curator Sigrid Perry. “The Dawes Archive holds 274 linear feet of business, political and general correspondence, manuscripts, books and ephemera related to the growth of commerce and finance in the United States between 1884 and 1951. It is a rich resource for the study of business and politics in that era.”

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