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Robert James Dunham

Robert James Dunham, meat packing company executive, oil industry executive.


  • Dunham, Robert James was born on March 12, 1876 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of James Sears and Mary E. (Brown) Dunham.

  • Education

    • Student Harvard, 1895-1897.


    • December 6, 1899; children—Caryl, Robert J., Josephine A., Phelps. Married second, Edith Preston Drown, April 19, 1923. Secretary Dunham Towing & Wrecking Company, 1897-1901.

      In vessel brokerage and marine insurance business, 1901-1903. President Shipowners’ Dry Dock Company, 1903-1906. Treasurer Western Cold Storage Company, 1907.

      Entered employ Armour & Company, 1907, becoming assistant treasurer, 1909, later vice president, resigned 1920. Vice president Universal Oil Products Company until 1931. Chairman Illinois Emergency Relief Committee, 1933-1935.

      President Chicago Park District board commissioner, from 1934. Administrator Illinois Works Progress Administration, 1935-1937.


    Clubs: Chicago, Saddle and Cycle, Casino.


    • Married Ethel L. Richardson.; married second, Edith Preston Drown, April. Children: Caryl, Robert J., Josephine A., Phelps.
    • father: James Sears Dunham
    • mother: Mary E. (Brown) Dunham
    • spouses: Ethel L. Richardson.
    • Edith Preston Drown
    • children: Caryl Dunham
    • Robert J. Dunham
    • Josephine A. Dunham
    • Phelps Dunham
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    Born March 12, 1876
    Died February, 1948
    (aged 71)