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Charles Henry Dietrich : biography

November 26, 1853 - April 10, 1924

Charles Henry Dietrich (November 26, 1853April 10, 1924) was the 11th Governor of Nebraska.

He was born in Aurora, Illinois. His education was attained in the public schools of his native state and he quit at the age of twelve.

Dietrich was married twice. His first wife, Elizabeth Slaker, died in 1887. After Elizabeth's death, he married Margretta Stewart Shaw in 1909.


Dietrich retired in 1905 and died in Hastings, Nebraska. He is interred at Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska USA.


Dietrich was employed as a clerk in a hardware store in St. Joseph, Missouri. He moved to Chicago, Illinois and engaged in the hardware business. He moved to Deadwood, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota), in 1875 and engaged in mercantile pursuits, delivering goods on pack animals through the Black Hills. He then located and owned the ‘Aurora’ mine.

Dietrich settled in Hastings, Nebraska, in 1878 and engaged in mercantile pursuits and in banking. Dietrich founded the German National Bank at Hastings and served aw the president of the bank from 1887 to 1905. He became the president of the Hastings Board of Trade. at the Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved on 2009-07-09.

Elected in 1900, Dietrich served as Governor of Nebraska from January 3, 1901 to May 1, 1901. Having won the election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Monroe L. Hayward in the United States Senate, he resigned his governorship.

His tenure in the Senate lasted from March 28, 1901, to March 4, 1905, and he served as a pro-imperialist on the Lodge Committee investigating war crimes during the Philippine-American War. He did not run for reelection in 1904.

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