John W. Dana

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John W. Dana
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
1841–1842
President of the Maine State Senate
In office
1843–1844
19th Governor of Maine
In office
January 3, 1844 – January 3, 1844
Preceded by David Dunn
Succeeded by Hugh J. Anderson
21st Governor of Maine
In office
May 13, 1847 – May 8, 1850
Preceded by Hugh J. Anderson
Succeeded by John Hubbard
Personal details
Born (1808-06-21)June 21, 1808
Fryeburg, Maine
Died December 22, 1867(1867-12-22) (aged 59)
Argentina
Resting place Village Cemetery, Fryeburg, Maine
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Eliza Ann Osgood
Relations Judah Dana
Alma mater Fryeburg Academy
Profession Businessman
Politician

John Winchester Dana (June 21, 1808 – December 22, 1867) was an American businessman and Democratic politician in the U.S. state of Maine. He served as the 19th and 21st Governor of Maine and as Chargé d'affaires to Bolivia during the 1800s.

Early life[edit]

Dana was born in Fryeburg, Maine, the son of Judah and Elizabeth Dana.[1] He studied in the local schools and at Fryeburg Academy before pursuing a business career.[2]

Political career[edit]

Dana served as a Democratic member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1841-1842.[3] He was a member of the Maine State Senate from 1843-1844. and was elected president of the Maine State Senate.[4] He became the Governor of Maine on January 3, 1844 after Acting Governor David Dunn resigned from office. He served only that day. As president of the state senate, Dana filled an unexpired term. Hugh J. Anderson became the Governor of Maine on the same day.

In 1846, Dana ran against Liberal Party candidate Samuel Fessenden and Whig Party candidate Daniel Bronson. No candidate received a majority of the vote; the Democratic dominated Legislature selected Dane.[5] He was successful in his re-election bid in 1847 and 1848.[6] During his term, anti-slavery measures were endorsed. He left office on May 8, 1850.

After leaving office, Dana returned to his business pursuits. He was appointed Chargé d'affaires to Bolivia in 1853 by President Franklin Pierce.[7] On March 10, 1859, Dana resigned his position and returned to Maine to run for governor. He was defeated by Israel Washburn, Jr..

Later years[edit]

After losing the election, Dana sold his property and moved to South America to raise sheep.[8] While assisting in a plague stricken area, Dana contracted cholera in Argentina[9] and died near Buenos Ayres. Years later he was re-interred in the Village Cemetery in Fryeburg, Maine.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Dana married Eliza Ann Osgood[11] and they had five children. Dana's father Judah Dana was a Maine statesman and U.S. Senator.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Governor John Winchester Dana". Ancestry.com. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ Watson, Stephen Marion (1898). The Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Volume 9. S.M. Watson. p. 353. 
  3. ^ Maine (1840). Public Documents of the State of Maine; Being the Reports of the Various Public Officers and Departments. Maine. p. 20. 
  4. ^ "Governor John Winchester Dana". Ancestry.com. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "John W. Dana, Fryeburg, 1844". Maine Memory Network. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Chase, Henry (1893). Representative Men of Maine: A Collection of Portraits with Biographical Sketches of Residents of the State, who Have Achieved Success ... to which is Added the Portraits and Sketches of All the Governors Since the Formation of the State. Lakeside Press. p. xxvii. 
  7. ^ "John W. Dana". The Blaine House. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dana, John W.". Maine An Encyclopedia. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "John W. Dana, Fryeburg, 1844". Maine Memory Network. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  10. ^ The Maine Historical Magazine, Volume 7. Joseph W. Porter. 1892. p. 125. 
  11. ^ Brown, John Howard (1900). Lamb's Biographical Dictionary of the United States: Chubb-Erich. James H. Lamb Company. p. 332. 
  12. ^ Fosdick, Lucian John (1906). The French blood in America. R.G. Badger. p. 187. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2

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