Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Oregon Republican League: Elder Photos
Oregon Republican League:Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 114.
DODD, CHARLES H., a prominent business man of Portland, was born in New York City, February 26, 1838. He entered Yale College at the age of sixteen. Two years later, with three other students, he volunteered to go to the Isthmus of Panama as a member of the Engineer Corps of the railroad then being built. Soon after he went to San Francisco, and was employed in a large hardware establishment. In 1864 he was elected Lieutenant of the Esmeralda Rifles, and went to Arizona for a campaign against the Piute and Mojave Indians. He resigned the following year. In 1866 he came to Oregon and established a hardware store in Salem. Two years later he became a partner in the new Portland house of Hawley, Dodd & Co., now the extensive hardware and machinery house of Charles H. Dodd & Co., with branches at Albany, Athena, Walla Walla, Colfax, Pullman, Spokane, Moscow and Lewiston. Mr. Dodd has always taken an active part in public enterprises, and has especially given his attention to the Chamber of Commerce, Board of Immigration and Portland Expositions, of all of which he has been president. He was one of the prime movers in the consolidation of the three cities. As a Republican he has been earnest and active, a member of conventions and league meetings, and a forceful campaign speaker, and is now president of the James G. Blaine Club, and a delegate to the next National Presidential Convention.