Charles Dafoe

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Charles Dafoe
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Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 1st district
In office
Succeeded byJoseph Carrol Reavis
Member of the Nebraska Senate
from the 1st district
In office
Preceded byFrederick Hawxby
Personal details
BornSeptember 22, 1901
Tecumseh, Nebraska
DiedOctober 15, 1942(1942-10-15) (aged 41)
Chicago, Illinois
Cause of deathPlane crash
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materNebraska Wesleyan

Charles Dafoe (September 22, 1901 – October 15, 1942) was a Democratic politician from Tecumseh who served in the last session of the Nebraska Senate and the first session of the Unicameral Nebraska Legislature.[1] He served as City Attorney of Tecumseh for four years and Johnson County Attorney for eight years. He was elected to the State Senate in 1934 and the Nebraska Legislature in 1936. He did not run for re-election in 1938. He was the Democratic candidate for Congress in the special election of 1940 to fill the vacancy created by the death of incumbent George Heinke.[2] On October 15, 1942, an army transport plane crashed outside of Chicago, killing Dafoe and eight others on board.[3]


  1. [1] Nebraska Blue Book (1938)
  2. "Charles Dafoe is Opponent of J. Hyde Sweet," Lincoln Journal, Jan. 20, 1940.
  3. "Charles Dafoe Dies in Crash of Army Plane," Lincoln Journal, Oct. 16, 1942.