Biography of Charles A. Dewey
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Charles A. Dewey, capably and satisfactorily filling the office of county attorney, was born September 11, 1877, in Washington, Iowa, where he yet makes his home. Comparatively little is known about the remote ancestry of the Dewey family. The grandfather was a farmer by occupation and died in Cuyahoga county, Ohio, when past middle life. He married a Miss Baldwin and her death occurred in 1908 when she was eighty eight years of age. They reared a large family, the living representatives being: Oliver, a resident of Ohio; Hulda, the wife of Dr. Jenkins, of San Diego, California; Luna, who married and lives in San Diego; and Mrs. Cassie Joris, also of San Diego.

To this family also belonged Judge Almon R. Dewey, father of Charles A. Dewey. He was a native of Ohio and served in the Civil war as a private in two enlistments. Following the cessation of hostilities he came to Washington, Iowa, and for a time lived with his uncle, Ralph Dewey, who was one of the pioneer residents of this city and a very prominent and influential man, serving at one time as mayor of Washington and again as county clerk. He studied law in the office of Colonel Hiram Scofield until he had sufficiently mastered the principles of jurisprudence to pass the required examination for admission to the bar. Entering upon active practice in Washington he made continual progress in his professional career until his ability won him the honor of an election to the district bench. He served as judge for twelve years, his course on the bench being characterized by a masterful grasp of every problem presented for solution. His decisions were strictly fair and impartial, winning him the respect and approval of the members of the bar and of the general public. He was one of the distinguished representatives of the Masonic fraternity, becoming one of the early members of the lodge in Washington and an organizer of the other branches of Masonry here. He was honored with state offices, becoming a past grand master, a past grand high priest and past grand commander. His death occurred April 15, 1908, when he was sixty years of age and Washington county thereby lost one of its most valued and honored citizens, who was ever fearless in conduct and stainless in reputation. Both he and his wife were devoted members of the Methodist church. Mrs. Dewey bore the maiden name of Sarah Rousseau and was a native of Iowa. Her father, Dr. W. H. Rousseau, was born in Kentucky and became an early resident of Washington, Iowa, where he practiced medicine for many years. He was twice married, his first wife being the mother of Mrs. Dewey. His death occurred about 1883 when he had reached an advanced age. Judge and Mrs. Dewey had but two children, the elder being Mrs. Mabel Brooking, the wife of J. C. Brooking, of Pueblo county, Colorado.

Charles A. Dewey was reared in Washington and acquired his education in the public schools of this city and in Oberlin (Ohio) Academy, from which he was graduated. He afterward pursued a two years course in the law department of the University of Iowa, at Iowa City and was admitted to the bar in the spring of 1901, since which time he has continuously practiced his profession. He has been accorded a liberal clientage, connecting him with much important litigation tried in the courts of the district. For four years he filled the office of city attorney and in November, 1908, was elected county attorney, which position he is now filling in most acceptable manner.

At the time of the Spanish-American war Mr. Dewey offered his services to the government and was made corporal of his company. His political allegiance has always been given to the republican party Which finds in him a stalwart champion. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and is prominent in Masonry, belonging to Washington Lodge, No. 26, A. F. & A. M.; Cyrus chapter, No. 13, R. A. M.; Bethlehem Commandery, No. 48, K. T.; and Kaaba Temple of the Mystic Shrine. His entire life having here been passed he has many friends and enjoys the warm regard of all who know him.

From:
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
Vol II
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1909


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