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Robert James Dunham

meat packing company executive , oil industry executive.

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.


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.

James Sears Dunham

Mary E. (Brown) Dunham

Ethel L. Richardson.

Edith Preston Drown

Caryl Dunham

Robert J. Dunham

Josephine A. Dunham

Phelps Dunham