Richard Dana (lawyer)

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Portrait of Richard Dana by John Singleton Copley (ca. 1770)

Richard Dana (1700-1772) was a prominent lawyer and politician in colonial Massachusetts, and member of the Dana family.

Early life[edit]

Dana was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College and then studied law and passed the bar.


He became a prominent lawyer, a founding member the Sons of Liberty, and led Massachusetts opposition to the Stamp Act.[1] He served one term in the Massachusetts Assembly.

Personal life[edit]

His son was Francis Dana.[1] He is the great-grandfather of author Richard Henry Dana, Jr..


  1. ^ a b Mays, Terry M. Historical Dictionary Of Revolutionary America (Scarecrow Press, 2005). Page 77.