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Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
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    (August 1, 1815-January 16, 1882)
    Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Attorney, politician, and author
    Best known for his memoir ‘Two Years Before the Mast’ (1840)
    Descendant of Anne Bradstreet
    During his freshman year at Harvard, he was suspended for six months for supporting a student protest.
    He ran for Congress and lost (1868).
    The Senate refused to confirm him when Ulysses S. Grant nominated him as minister to Great Britain (1876).
    Herman Melville described ‘Two Years Before the Mast’ as ‘unmatchable.’
    His ‘The Seaman’s Friend’ became an authoritative guide on the legal rights and responsibilities of sailors.
    He was a founder of the anti-slavery Free Soil Party (1848)
    He was assaulted in the streets of Boston while providing legal aid to Anthony Burns, an escaped slave arrested under the Fugitive Slave Law (May, 1854).
    During the Civil War, he established before the Supreme Court the Constitutional grounds for the Union naval blockade of Confederate ports (1863)

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