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Charles D. Hilles

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Charles Hilles
Chair of the Republican National Committee
In office
July 18, 1912 – June 27, 1916
Preceded byVictor Rosewater
Succeeded byWilliam Wilcox
Secretary to the President
In office
PresidentWilliam Howard Taft
Preceded byCharles D. Norton
Succeeded byCarmi Thompson
Personal details
Charles Dewey Hilles

(1867-06-23)June 23, 1867
Belmont County, Ohio, U.S.
DiedAugust 27, 1949(1949-08-27) (aged 82)
Speonk, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Charles Dewey Hilles (June 23, 1867 – August 27, 1949) was a politician from the U. S. state of New York.

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Hilles was born in Belmont County, Ohio to Samuel and Elizabeth (Lee) Hilles. In 1896 he married Dollie Bell Whiley; they had three children, including the English literature scholar Frederick W. Hilles.[1] He was also a member of Loyal Legion and the Republican Party .

From 1880 to 1902, he was financial officer and superintendent of the Boys' Industrial School of Ohio. From 1902 to 1909 he was superintendent of the New York Juvenile Asylum (now Children's Village), becoming president of this institution. He was Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury in 1909, but resigned in 1911 to become private secretary to U. S. President William H. Taft where he served until 1912.[2]

He then served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1912 to 1916. He was a New York delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932 and 1940. He served as a regular member of the RNC from New York 1924–38. In 1933 he was a delegate to the New York convention to ratify the 21st Amendment which ended prohibition.

In 1949 Hilles suffered a stroke and died two months later in Speonk, New York. His wife also died the same year. His remains were cremated.


  1. ^ "C.D. Hilles Dies; Led Republicans". New York Times. 1949-08-29. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Francis J., ed. (1921). "Hilles, Charles Dewey" . Collier's New Encyclopedia. New York: P. F. Collier & Son Company.


External links

  • Media related to Charles D. Hilles at Wikimedia Commons
  • Charles Dewey Hilles papers (MS 281). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.[1]
Party political offices
Preceded by Chair of the Republican National Committee
Succeeded by
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