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Samuel DANA

(1767-1835)

DANA, Samuel, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Groton, Mass., June 26, 1767; attended the district school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1789 and commenced practice in Groton; appointed postmaster of Groton January 1, 1801; member of the State house of representatives in 1803; attorney for Middlesex County 1807-1811; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William M. Richardson and served from September 22, 1814, to March 3, 1815; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1814 to the Fourteenth Congress; member of the State senate 1805-1812 and 1817 and served as its president in 1807, 1811, and 1812; chief justice of the court of common pleas in 1811 and 1812; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1820; again a member of the State house of representatives 1825-1827; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Charlestown, Mass., November 20, 1835; interment in Groton Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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