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DAWES, James W., senator, born in Mc Connelsville, Ohio, 8 January 1845. In 1856 he removed with his parents to Newport, Wis., where he received a common school education. After studying law at Fox Lake, Wis., he was admitted to the bar in 1871. He was engaged in mercantile business until 1877, and since that time has practiced his profession. He was a member of the Nebraska constitutional convention in 1875, and was chosen a U. S. senator from that state in 1876. He was chairman of the Republican state central committee of Nebraska from 1876 till 1882. In 1880 he was a delegate to the Republican national convention at Chicago, and was a member of the National republican committee for Nebraska for a term of four years. Since 1875 he has been trustee and secretary of Doane College at Crete, Neb. He was elected governor of Nebraska in 1882, and reelected in 1884.
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