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Samuel Whittelsey Dana

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


  • Born in Wallingford, Connecticut. 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.Dana pursued academic studies and graduated from Yale College in 1775. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1778, and practiced in Middletown, Connecticut. He 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. 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.

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    • 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. Afterwards he was mayor of Middletown from 1822 until his death. He was also the presiding judge of the Middlesex County Court from 1825 until his death.


    Party affiliation: Federalist Party


    Samuel Whittelsey Dana
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    Died July 21, 1830
    (aged 70)
    • 1775
      Yale College
    • 1772
      brigadier general, Connecticut Militia
      Connecticut, United States
    • 1778 - 1790
      Connecticut Bar
    • 1789 - 1796
      member, Connecticut General Assembly
      Connecticut, United States
    • 1797 - 1810
      member of 5th-11th congresses from Connecticut, United States House of Representatives
    • 1810 - 1821
      member, United States Senate
    • 1822 - 1830
      mayor, mayor's office of Middletown
      Middletown, Connecticut, United States
    • 1825
      chief judge, Middlesex County Court


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