Charles I. Dawson

Judge, Western District of Kentucky, 1925-1935

Charles I. Dawson served as a judge on the Western District Court of Kentucky from 1925 to 1935. Born on February 13, 1881 in Logan County, Kentucky, Dawson read law at the University of Kentucky and graduated in 1905. Following graduation, he practiced law in Russellville and Pineville. In addition, Dawson was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1906 and then served as county attorney for Bell County in 1910, a post he held for ten years. In 1920, he was elected as the Commonwealth's Attorney General. On January 2, 1925, President Calvin Coolidge nominated him to the Western District Court, to a seat vacated by Judge Charles H. Moorman. The United States Senate confirmed Dawson on January 13, 1925. Ten years later, Dawson resigned from the Court and returned to private practice. In 1950, Dawson was the Republican nominee for a seat in the United States Senate. He lost that race to Democrat Earle C. Clements, and instead practiced law in Louisville, Kentucky until his death in 1969.

Archival Materials

Charles I. Dawson papers, University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center.