Jul. 14, 1855 North Adams Berkshire County Massachusetts, USA
Apr. 12, 1917 Chicago Cook County Illinois, USA
Obituary published in the Berkshire Evening Eagle, Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, April 13, 1917, pg. 26:
C.M. Davis, Lawyer, is Dead in Chicago: General Counsel for C.B. & Q., Native of Berkshire, Son of the Late Henry Laurens Dawes, United States Senator - Yale Graduate:
Chester M. Dawes, aged 62, general counsel for the Chicageo, Burlington & Quincy railroad, died at his residence in Chicago last night, according to an Associated Press dispatch received by the Eagle today. Chester Mitchell Dawes was born in North Adams July 14, 1855, the son of the late Henry Laurens Dawes, United States senator and Electa (Sanderson) Dawes. He was graduated from the classical department of Yale university in 1876, with the degree of A.B. Boston university conferred upon him the degree of LL.B. in 1878 in which year he was graduated in law and admitted to the bar. Mr. Dawes was general solicitor of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad from 1900-9 and general counsel since June 1909. He was a republican in politics as his illustrious father was and as members of the family have always been. He was a presidential elector in 1896 when William McKinley of Ohio was nominated for the presidency and afterwards elected. Mr. Dawes was a member of the Chicago board of education 1899-02 and 1907-1910. His clubs included the University, the Chicago, the Wayfarers, the Dofobs. His home was at 73 Rush street and his office at 547 West Jackson Boulevard. Among Mr. Dawes's friends in Chicago was John a. Spoor, railroad man who owns a fine estate on West street in this city. Mr. Spoor is at the Wendell just now. William H. Swift of East street, who practiced law in Chicago for years, was also acquainted with Mr. Dawes. It was on May 12, 1880 that Mr. Dawes married Miss Ada B. Laflin, who formerly lived on East street in this city, in what is now the house owned and occupied by A.C. Washburn, actuary of the Berkshire Life Insurance company. She survives as does his brother, Henry Laurens Dawes of South street and a sister, Miss Anna Laurens Dawes of 48 Appleton avenue, who with Mrs. H.L. Dawes, have been spending the winter in Washington D.C. In his youth, Chester Dawes was prominent in athletics. At Yale he held the record for throwing a baseball. He was a man possessed of an unusually fine legal mind and was held in the highest regard among the men of big affairs who manage our railroads. He had the family's keen interest in all affairs of an educational nature as indicated by his membership in the Chicago school board and by his contributions from time to time to different standard publications. He made it a point in the long years he spent in Cicago to return at intervals to the Berkshire hills where he was born and for which he never lost fondness.