Frances Dawson

Name: Frances Dawson
Birth Date: December 23, 1903
Birth Place: Des Moines Iowa, USA
Death Date: August 20, 1995
Death Location: Evanston Illinois, USA


Frances Dawson (1904-1995) served Evanston as State Representative from 1956 until 1970. As legislator, Dawson worked for civil rights legislation, education reform and statewide welfare benefits. As chair of the House Education Committee, Dawson created a township equalizer plan to eliminate disparities in assessments, got state funding for constructing new schools, and increased state college scholarship funding for needy students. Locally, Dawson was active in the League of Women Voters, the Business and Professional Woman’s Club and the Lincolnwood Garden Club. She was president of the Woman’s Club of Evanston, the North End Mother’s Club and served on the District 202 School Board.

Children: Two: Jeannette, Margaret
Education: Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa: AB. Northwestern University: MA.
Years in Evanston: 1929-1995

Sources: Archives and Collections: "Dawson, Frances." Biography Files. Evanston History Center. Newspapers: The Evanston Review Secondary Sources: Social Security Death Index