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Joseph DANE

(1778-1858)

DANE, Joseph, a Representative from Maine; born in Beverly, Essex County, Mass., October 25, 1778; received his early education in Beverly, Mass.; attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and was graduated from Harvard University in 1799; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1802 and commenced practice in Kennebunk, Maine (until 1820 a district of Massachusetts); a delegate to the Massachusetts constitutional conventions in 1816 and 1819; chosen a member of the executive council of Massachusetts in 1817, but declined the office; elected as a Federalist to the Sixteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Holmes, a Representative from Massachusetts but residing in the new State of Maine, thus becoming the first Representative from Maine; reelected as a Federalist to the Seventeenth Congress and served from November 6, 1820, to March 3, 1823; was not a candidate for renomination in 1822; member of the Maine house of representatives in 1824, 1825, 1832, 1833, 1839, and 1840; served in the State senate in 1829; declined to serve as executive councilor of Maine in 1841; died in Kennebunk, York County, Maine, May 1, 1858; interment in Hope Cemetery, Hope, Knox County, Maine.

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

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