Electa S. Dawes



Electa Allis (Sanderson) Dawes (1822-1901) was the wife of Henry Laurens Dawes (1816-1903), a lawyer and politician from Massachusetts who served 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and 18 years in the U.S. Senate. Correspondence between Electa Dawes and ethnologist Alice Cunningham Fletcher in 1882 indicates that Electa Dawes was influential in garnering support for Fletcher's proposed assimilation of Native Americans that resulted in the Dawes Act of 1887, legislation that contributed immensely to the loss of indigenous lands and culture.

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