Samuel W. Dana

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Samuel Whittlesey Dana
United States Senator
from Connecticut
In office
December 4, 1810 – March 4, 1821
Preceded by James Hillhouse
Succeeded by Elijah Boardman
Personal details
Born (1760-02-13)February 13, 1760
Wallingford, Connecticut
Died July 21, 1830(1830-07-21) (aged 70)
Middletown, Connecticut
Political party Federalist

Samuel Whittlesey Dana (February 13, 1760 – July 21, 1830) was an American lawyer and politician from Middletown, Connecticut. He represented Connecticut in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

Biography[edit]

Born in Wallingford, Connecticut, Dana graduated from Yale College in 1775. He studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1778, and practiced in Middletown, Connecticut.[1]

Family[edit]

His father was the clergyman James Dana (1735-1812), who was a nephew of Richard Dana (1699-1772), a lawyer, who was in turn a descendant through Caleb, second son of Daniel, who was the youngest son of Richard Dana, who came from England, settled in Cambridge in 1640, and died there about 1695. According to the family tradition, this last Richard was the son of a French Huguenot that settled in England in 1629.

Career[edit]

Dana was a member of the Connecticut General Assembly from 1789 to 1796. Afterward he was elected to the United States House of Representatives to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Uriah Tracy, and served from January 3, 1797 to May 10, 1810.[2] There he was chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Elections, and was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1798 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against William Blount, a Senator from Tennessee.

Dana was elected as a Federalist in 1810 to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Hillhouse. He was reelected in 1814 and served from December 4, 1810, to March 3, 1821.[3]

Dana was mayor of Middletown from 1822 until his death in 1830. He was also the presiding judge of the Middlesex County Court from 1825 until his death.[4]

Death[edit]

Dana died in Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, July 21, 1830 (age 70 years, 158 days). He is interred at Washington Street Cemetery, Middletown.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Samuel W. Dana". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Samuel W. Dana". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Samuel W. Dana". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Samuel W. Dana". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Samuel W. Dana". Find A Grave. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Uriah Tracy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's at-large congressional district

January 3, 1797 – May 10, 1810
Succeeded by
Ebenezer Huntington
United States Senate
Preceded by
James Hillhouse
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Connecticut
December 4, 1810 – March 3, 1821
Succeeded by
Elijah Boardman