Dawes family

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The Dawes Family, descendants of the legendary and heroic Billy Dawes, founded Dawes Arboretum, located on Ohio 13. Billy Dawes was the great-great-grandfather the Arboretum’s founder, Beman Gates Dawes. The founder also had another great-great-grandfather, Dr. Manesseh Cutler, who studied flora and the medicinal applications of herbs and other naturally occurring plants.[1]

Dr. Manesseh Cutler’s Son, Judge Ephraim Cutler, signed the Constitution that appointed Ohio as a new state and establishing the state’s first botanical garden, completing Manesseh Cutler’s work.[2]

William Dawes, III, a grandson of patriotic the hero William “Billy” Dawes, became a benefactor of Oberlin College. He was also a well-known leader in the abolitionist movement. His son, James William Dawes, served as governor of Nebraska from 1883-1887.[3]

Charles Dawes, great-great-grandson of Billy Dawes and son of General Rufus Dawes, served as Vice President of the United States from 1925-1929 under President Calvin Coolidge.[4]



  1. Dave Shinn, “History of the Dawes Family,” The Licking Countian, November 13, 1986, 9.
  2. Shinn, “History of the Dawes Family,” 9.
  3. Shinn, “History of the Dawes Family,” 9.
  4. Shinn, “History of the Dawes Family,” 9.