Pete Dawkins

Peter Miller Dawkins (born March 8, 1938) is an American business executive and former college football player, military officer, and political candidate. Dawkins attended the United States Military Academy, where he played as halfback on the Army Cadets football team from 1956 to 1958. As a senior in 1958 he won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and was a consensus All-America selection. After graduating from the Military Academy in 1959, he studied at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Dawkins served as an officer in the United States Army until he retired in 1983 with the rank of brigadier general. He was a Republican candidate for United States Senate in 1988. Dawkins has held executive positions with Lehman Brothers, Bain & Company, Primerica, and Citigroup.

Pete Dawkins
Man in West Point Cadet uniform
Personal details
BornMarch 8, 1938 (age 81)
Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUnited States Military Academy (BSc)
Brasenose College, Oxford (BA)
Princeton University (MPA, PhD)
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1962–1983
RankUS-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsBronze Star (2)
College football career
Army Black Knights – No. 24
Career history
CollegeArmy (1956–1958)
High schoolCranbrook School
Personal information
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career highlights and awards
 • 1958 Heisman Trophy
 • 1958 Maxwell Award
 • 1958 All-American
College Football Hall of Fame (1975)

Early life, education and athletic career

At age 11, he was successfully treated for polio[1] with aggressive physical therapy. After earning a scholarship, Dawkins entered Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. There he was an all-league quarterback, and captain of the baseball team. He graduated from Cranbrook in 1955.

Accepted by Yale University, Dawkins chose instead to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. He won high honors, serving as Brigade Commander, president of his class, captain of the football team, and a "Star Man" in the top five percent of his class academically. A cadet is considered outstanding if he attains one of these positions. Dawkins was the only cadet in history to hold all four at once. He was featured in Life Magazine and Reader's Digest. Even before his graduation, many predicted he would make general and perhaps even be Army Chief of Staff. Playing as a halfback for head football coach Earl Blaik, Dawkins won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award and was a consensus All-America selection in 1958. Dawkins was also an assistant captain for the hockey team. At Oxford, he won three Blues in rugby union and is credited with popularizing the overarm throw (originally called the "Yankee torpedo pass") into the lineout.[2]

Dawkins graduated with a BSc from the Military Academy in 1959 with a very high class-standing, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.[3] He earned a BA at Brasenose College, Oxford in 1962[3] in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (promoted to an MA in 1968, per tradition) and later earned a Master of Public Affairs in 1970 and a PhD in 1977 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University with the dissertation The United States Army and the "Other" War in Vietnam: A Study of the Complexity of Implementing Organizational Change.[4]

Military career

Pete Dawkins
Capt. Pete Dawkins in Vietnam, March 1966

After being commissioned from the academy and completing his tenure as a Rhodes Scholar, Dawkins finished Infantry School and Ranger School before being posted for duty in the 82nd Airborne Division. He received two Bronze Stars for Valor for his service in Vietnam and held commands in the 7th Infantry Division and 101st Airborne. From 1971 to 1972, Dawkins, while a lieutenant colonel, was the commander of the 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Hovey, Korea. In addition to being an instructor at the academy, he was a White House Fellow in the 1973–74 class. During that time, he was chosen to work on a task force, charged with changing the U.S. Army into an all-volunteer force. During the mid 1970s Colonel Dawkins was brigade commander of the 3rd ( "Golden Brigade") of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina that included the 1st and 2nd 505th and 1/508th battalions. In the late 1970s he was 3rd Brigade Commander (War Eagle Brigade, which included the 1/503, 2/503, and 3/187 Infantry Battalions) of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell with the rank of colonel. After serving as the Brigade Commander he became the Chief of Staff for the 101st Airborne Division and was subsequently promoted to brigadier general. In 1966 Dawkins appeared in uniform on the cover of Life Magazine and participated in a segment of the U.S. Army "Big Picture" film series, "A Nation Builds Under Fire." This was a short documentary reviewing United States progress in South Vietnam, narrated by actor John Wayne.

Business career

At the conclusion of his 24-year career in the Army, Dawkins retired with the rank of brigadier general in 1983. Following his retirement from the Army, Dawkins took up a position as a partner in the Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers,[5] later becoming vice-chairman of Bain & Company. In 1991, he moved on to become chairman and CEO of Primerica. Dawkins was a senior partner at Flintlock Capital Asset Management and is currently a senior advisor for Virtu Financial.

Political career

In 1988, he established residence in Rumson, New Jersey as part of an unsuccessful challenge against United States Senator Frank Lautenberg for his seat in the United States Senate from New Jersey.[6] The race was notable for the negative tone that emerged from both sides and Lautenberg's criticism of Dawkins's lack of roots in the state. Dawkins lost by an eight-point margin.

Electoral history

  • 1988 Race for U.S. Senate


  1. ^ "NFF Announces 2007 Major Awards Recipients". National Football Foundation. 2007-05-17. Archived from the original on 2007-05-19. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
  2. ^ Robinson, Joshua (December 9, 2009). "From Harvard's Gridiron to Oxford's Rugby Pitch". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  3. ^ a b Pete Dawkins
  4. ^ Pete Dawkins Awards
  5. ^ - Pete Dawkins
  6. ^ Staff. "Panel Formed to Back Senate Bid by Dawkins", The New York Times, April 1, 1987. Accessed September 27, 2015. "Mr. Dawkins is 48 years old and has purchased a home in Rumson."

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Millicent Fenwick
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from New Jersey
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Chuck Haytaian
1958 Army Cadets football team

The 1958 Army Cadets football team represented the United States Military Academy in the 1958 NCAA University Division football season. Led by head coach Earl Blaik, the team finished with an undefeated 8–0–1 season.

The Cadets' offense scored 264 points, while the defense allowed 49 points. At season's end, the team was third in the national rankings.

1958 College Football All-America Team

The 1958 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1958. The six selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1958 season are (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (4) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (5) the Sporting News, and (6) the United Press International (UPI).

Three players were unanimously chosen as first-team All-Americans by all six official selectors. They were: (1) quarterback Randy Duncan who won the 1958 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and led the 1958 Iowa Hawkeyes to the 1958 FWAA national championship; (2) halfback Billy Cannon who led the 1958 LSU Tigers to the 1958 AP national championship and won the Heisman Trophy in 1959; and (3) Army halfback Pete Dawkins who won the 1958 Heisman Trophy and later became a Rhodes scholar, a brigadier general, co-chairman of Bain & Company, and CEO of Primerica. All three have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

1988 United States Senate election in New Jersey

The 1988 United States Senate election in New Jersey was held on November 8, 1988. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg won re-election to a second term with a margin of 8.37%.

1988 United States Senate elections

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Anthony Muñoz Award

The Anthony Muñoz Award is given annually to the best lineman in the high school football at U.S. Army All-American Bowl banquet. It is comparable to the Outland Trophy for collegiate football players.

The award was established in 2009 in honor of Anthony Muñoz. Its inaugural winner was Seantrel Henderson.

Army Black Knights football

The Army Black Knights football team, previously known as the Army Cadets, represents the United States Military Academy in college football. Army is currently a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) member of the NCAA. The Black Knights currently play home games in Michie Stadium with a capacity of 38,000 at West Point, New York. The Black Knights are coached by Jeff Monken who is in his sixth season as head coach. Army is a three-time national champion, winning the title from 1944-1946.

With the exception of seven seasons (1998–2004) where the team was a member of Conference USA, Army has competed as an independent, meaning that they have no affiliation with any conference. Currently, Army is one of six FBS schools whose football teams do not belong to any conference; the others being BYU, Liberty, New Mexico State, Notre Dame, and UMass. However, all of these schools belong to conferences for all other sports. Army is primarily a member of the Patriot League, BYU is primarily a member of the West Coast Conference, Liberty is in the Atlantic Sun Conference, New Mexico State is in the Western Athletic Conference, Notre Dame is part of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and UMass belongs to the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Three players from Army have won the Heisman Trophy: Doc Blanchard (1945), Glenn Davis (1946), and Pete Dawkins (1958).The three major service academies—Air Force, Army, and Navy—compete for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which is awarded to the academy that defeats the others in football that year (or retained by the previous winner in the event of a three-way tie). Army has won eight CIC Trophies, most recently in 2018.

Chris Galippo

Chris Galippo (born April 12, 1989) is a former American football linebacker. During his college years, he played for the University of Southern California. Galippo became the first defensive player to ever win the Pete Dawkins Trophy for being selected as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl's most valuable player. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts in 2012.

Chuck Haytaian

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He served in the General Assembly from 1982 to 1996. In 1994, he staged an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the United States Senate, falling to incumbent Frank Lautenberg, 51%-47%. Haytaian was the Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee from 1995 to 2001.

Haytaian, born in the Bronx, has been a resident of Mansfield, New Jersey.

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Pete Dawkins—awards and honors

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