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John Dean DICKINSON

(1767-1841)

DICKINSON, John Dean, a Representative from New York; born in Middletown, Conn., June 28, 1767; completed preparatory studies, and was graduated from Yale College in 1785; moved to Lansingburg, Rensselaer County, N.Y., in 1790; was admitted to the bar in April 1791 and commenced the practice of law in Lansingburg; moved to Troy, N.Y.; served as president of the Farmers’ Bank of Troy, N.Y., from its foundation in 1801 until his death; a director and founder of the Rensselaer & Saratoga Insurance Co. in 1814; member of the State assembly from November 1816 to April 1817; first president of the Troy Lyceum of Natural History in 1818; elected as a Federalist to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1823); one of the original trustees of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1824; member of the committee which received Lafayette on his visits to Troy in 1824 and 1825; elected as an Adams candidate to the Twentieth Congress and reelected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1831); resumed the practice of law in Troy, N.Y., and died there January 28, 1841; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

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

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