TIN PAN ALLEY: Flutist's Comeback

At home in Marietta, Ohio, back in 1880, Charley Dawes outraged his family by playing the flute in the Democrats' campaign band, while his own father was running for Congress on the Republican ticket (he won). Later, Charles ("Hell 'n' Maria") Dawes became a Republican but stayed a flute player. He used his favorite instrument to relax from a hectic career during which he served seven Presidents—he started as McKinley's Comptroller of the Currency, was Vice President under Coolidge, Ambassador to the Court of St. James's for Hoover, left public life at 67 as director of Hoover's Reconstruction Finance...

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