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Charles Henry Dietrich

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Charles Henry Dietrich
Charles Henry Dietrich.jpg
United States Senator
from Nebraska
In office
May 1, 1901 – March 3, 1905
Preceded byWilliam V. Allen
Succeeded byElmer Burkett
11th Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 3, 1901 – May 1, 1901
LieutenantEzra P. Savage
Preceded byWilliam A. Poynter
Succeeded byEzra P. Savage
Personal details
Born(1853-11-26)November 26, 1853
Aurora, Illinois
DiedApril 10, 1924(1924-04-10) (aged 70)
Hastings, Nebraska
Political partyRepublican

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

He was born in Aurora, Illinois, and was of German ancestry.[1] His education was attained in the public schools of his native state and he quit at the age of twelve.[2]

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


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 as the president of the bank from 1887 to 1905.[3] He became the president of the Hastings Board of Trade.[4]

Elected in 1900, Dietrich served as Governor of Nebraska from January 3, 1901, to May 1, 1901. He resigned his governorship to replace interim U.S. Senator William V. Allen, who had been appointed in 1899 after Monroe L. Hayward died in office.[5]

Bribery charge

Before he assumed his Senate seat, Dietrich accepted money from Jacob Fisher in exchange for obtaining Fisher's appointment as a U.S. Postmaster. Dietrich and Fisher were charged with conspiracy to receive a bribe, accepting a bribe and profiting by the leasing of a building to the government. But before the trial could begin, Judge Vandeventer held that Dietrich could not be prosecuted because the alleged bribery occurred after he was elected, but before Dietrich had been sworn in on December 2, 1901. All the charges were dropped, and Dietrich continued to serve as a US Senator from Nebraska.[6][7][8][9]

His tenure in the Senate lasted from May 1, 1901 to March 3, 1905. His Senate service was most notable as a pro-imperialist on the Lodge Committee that investigated war crimes during the Philippine–American War. He did not run for reelection in 1904.


Dietrich retired in 1905 and died in Hastings, Nebraska.


  1. ^ "German ancestry Politicians in Nebraska". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  2. ^ Charles Henry Dietrich. The Encyclopedia of Nebraska. January 1999. ISBN 9780403098347. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  3. ^ "Charles Henry Dietrich". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  4. ^ Gov. Charles Dietrich papers at the Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved on July 9, 2009.
  5. ^ Charles Henry Dietrick. The Encyclopedia of Nebraska. January 1999. ISBN 9780403098347. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  6. ^ | Senator Detrich's Trial Comes to Sudden Ending, San Francisco Call, Volume 95, Number 40, 9 January 1904 [1]
  7. ^ Dietrich Wins in First Fight, The Chicago Daily Tribune: Tuesday, January 5, 1904, page 14, [2]
  8. ^ Byrd, Robert C. (October 1993). Senate, 1789-1989, V. 4: Historical Statistics, 1789-1992. ISBN 9780160632563.
  9. ^ [3] | San Francisco Call, Volume 95, Number 40, 9 January 1904 | [4]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Monroe Hayward
Republican nominee for Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
John H. Mickey
Political offices
Preceded by
William A. Poynter
Governor of Nebraska
January 1901 – May 1901
Succeeded by
Ezra P. Savage
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
William V. Allen
 U.S. senator (Class 1) from Nebraska
Served alongside: Joseph H. Millard
Succeeded by
Elmer J. Burkett
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