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Richard Henry Dana, American lawyer, author.


Dana, Richard Henry was born on August 1, 1815 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Richard Henry and Ruth (Smith) Dana.


Graduated from Harvard, 1837, honorary Doctor of Laws, 1866.


Instructor elocution Harvard, 1839-1840, lecturer Harvard Law School, 1866-1868. A founder Free Soil Party, delegate to convention, Buffalo, New York, 1848. United States atty for Massachusetts, district 1861-1866.

Counsel for United States in treason proceedings against Jefferson Davis, 1867-1868. Senior counsel for United States before Fisheries Commission at Halifax, 1877. Author: Two Years Before the Mast (based on his experiences sailing on brig from Boston around Cape Horn to California 1834-1836), 1840.

Seaman’s Friend (standard work), 1841. To Cuba and Back, 1859. Editor: Wheaton’s Elements of International Law, 1866.


Married Sarah Watson, August 25, 1841, 6 children.

Richard Henry Dana

Ruth (Smith) Dana

Sarah Watson