From Ohio History Central
Beman Gates Dawes was born in Marietta, Ohio, on January 14, 1870. His father was Rufus Dawes and his brother, Charles Gates Dawes, served as Vice President of the United States. After attending the local public schools, Beman Gates Dawes enrolled at Marietta College. He engaged in a number of interests as an adult, including farming and engineering.
Dawes became involved in politics in 1904, when he successfully ran for the United States House of Representatives as a member of the Republican Party. Two years later, Dawes was reelected to his seat in Congress. When he left the House of Representatives in 1909, Dawes became involved in the oil and electric railway industries, becoming the president and chairman of the board of directors for the Pure Oil Company in 1914. He maintained a strong leadership role in this company for the rest of his life.
Dawes was also interested in philanthropic endeavors. He set up an endowment to create the Dawes Arboretum, located near Newark, Ohio. The purpose of the arboretum was to educate children about trees and give them an appreciation of nature in general. Dawes Arboretum continues to operate to this day. Dawes died in Newark, Ohio, on May 15, 1953.