Born in California on June 3rd, 1859 as the son of M. T. Dodge and Eliza Rodgers.
Dr. Dodge was married to Ruth Vidaver. He had a son, Henry, from a previous marriage.
A prominent banker from San Francisco, California, Dodge boarded the Titanic at Southampton with his wife Ruth and Washington Dodge, Jr., their only son. Traveling as First Class passengers, the family occupied Cabin A-34 (ticket number 33638, £81 17s 2d).
On the Carpathia, Dodge had no idea where his wife and son were, as he didn't see them arriving. Mrs. Dodge also didn't see her husband, but the little Washington, Jr. did. He got a mischievous idea to not tell his mother about his father and he hid from Dodge. Eventually, Steward Ray reunited the family.
Washington Dodge later suffered a breakdown and shot himself on June 30th, 1919.