Elmer Dover

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Elmer Dover
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
In office
December 23, 1921 – July 25, 1922
Nominated byWarren G. Harding
Preceded byEdward G. Clifford
Succeeded byMcKenzie Moss
Personal details
Born(1873-04-01)April 1, 1873
McConnelsville, Ohio
DiedOctober 3, 1940(1940-10-03) (aged 67)
Tacoma, Washington
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Martha Steele Peebles (1871–1931)

Elmer Dover. (April 1, 1873 - October 3, 1940) was an American political figure, businessman and journalist. He worked at several Ohio newspapers before becoming Senator Mark Hanna's private secretary.[1] In 1904, he became the Secretary of the Republican National Committee.[2][3] In 1911, Dover left politics and became the president of the Tacoma Gas Company.[4] Dover briefly served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (1921-1922), during which time he was sent on diplomatic missions to Mexico by President Harding.[5][6][7] He then returned to private industry. Later Dover would serve as Clerk of the Federal Court for the Western District of Washington.[8][9]

Dover's obituary stated that he had been a personal friend of six presidents: McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover.[8]

Dover was known for mentoring and supporting African Americans within the Republican Party.[10][11]

Personal Life

On January 25, 1898, Dover married Martha Steele Peebles, daughter of John G. Peebles, a leading Portsmouth businessman. The couple had one child, a daughter named Mary Elizabeth, born October 5, 1899.[12]


  1. "Elmer Dover Dies on West Coast". The News-Messenger. October 5, 1940.
  2. "Perry S. Heath Resigns". The Omaha Daily Bee. February 21, 1904.
  3. "Mr. Elmer Dover". The Washington Bee. October 26, 1907.
  4. Moody's Manual of Railroads and Corporation Securities. Moody Publishing Company. 1914. p. 52-PA2642. Retrieved 2023-09-16.
  5. "ELMER DOVER FINALLY OUT.; President Accepts His Resignation and Ends Controversy". The New York Times. 26 July 1922. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  6. "ELMER DOVER IN MEXICO.; Washington Will Not Admit Any New Step Is Contemplated". The New York Times. 1922-10-20. Retrieved 2023-09-16.
  7. "Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, 1921, Volume II". Office of the Historian. 1921-04-02. Retrieved 2023-09-16.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Death Takes Elmer Dover". The News Tribune. October 5, 1940.
  9. "United States District Court Western District of Washington" (PDF). wawd.uscourts.gov. 2015-09-06. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2023-07-19. Retrieved 2023-09-16.
  10. "Albertus Brown". The Akron Beacon Journal. June 29, 1907.
  11. "Colored Editor Praises Dover". Portsmouth Daily Times. September 9, 1909.
  12. Evans, Nelson Wiley (1903). A History of Scioto County, Ohio, Together with a Pioneer Record of Southern Ohio. Nelson W. Evans. pp. [1].

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