Charles Dean, one of the most popular "harness racing gentlemen" of the early 1900s, was born in 1867 in Palatine, Illinois into a family of horse lovers. His career in the sport began when he served a stint as a groom in Chicago. He later went on to become a trainer and driver. After Dean's career was established, he went back to his hometown, purchased a farm and opened his own stable. During his career, Dean handled such fine horses as Angiola, Fleming Boy, Minor Heir, Sir Roch, Empire Direct, The Broncho and Nervolo. Charles Dean died in Palatine in 1922.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals