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Dewey, Charles A.



  • Existence: 1877-1958


Charles Almon Dewey was born in Washington, Iowa, on September 11, 1877 to Almon Ralph and Sarah (Rousseau) Dewey. He attended Oberlin College in Ohio from 1897-1898, and earned his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1901. In 1902, he began his legal practice in Washington, Iowa, and was appointed City Attorney. He held this post until 1908, when he became the County Attorney for Washington County, Iowa. Dewey married Jessie Irene Laffer of Washington, Iowa, September 1910. One son, Almon Rousseau Dewey, was born to this marriage. In 1918, Dewey was appointed Iowa District Court Judge of the Sixth Judicial District. President Calvin Coolidge appointed Dewey a United States District Court Judge of the Southern District of Iowa on January 23, 1928. Dewey requested retirement from that office, which was approved by President Harry S. Truman on March 1, 1949. He died at his home in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 2, 1958 and was buried at Washington, Iowa.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Charles A. Dewey Papers

Identifier: MsC0103

Judge and lawyer. Papers relating primarily to his career on the bench. Correspondence and subject files, together with biographical material, speeches, and articles make up the collection. Includes jury instructions and a well documented lawsuit involving Union Carbide and Carbon Corp.

Dates: 1888-1954