DODGE, William Earle, a Representative from New York; born in Hartford, Conn., September
4, 1805; completed preparatory studies; moved to New York City in 1818; became
a clerk; in 1826 established the house of Phelps, Dodge & Co., of which he
was the head for forty years; delegate to the peace convention of 1861 held in
Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war;
successfully contested as a Republican the election of James Brooks to the
Thirty-ninth Congress and served from April 7, 1866, to March 3, 1867; declined
to be a candidate for renomination in 1866; resumed business interests; died in
New York City February 9, 1883; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.
A Merchant Prince of the Nineteenth Century: William E. Dodge.
New York: Columbia University Press, 1954.