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Dana, Richard Henry

Born: 1815 AD
Died: 1882 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Lawyers

1815 – Richard Henry Dana Jr. was born on the 1st of August Cambridge, Massachusetts.


1834 – He left Harvard to enlist as a common sailor on a voyage around Cape Horn.


1836 – He set foot back in Boston in September.


1837 – After his sea voyage, he returned to Harvard, completing his education.


Became a lawyer, and an expert on maritime law, many times defending common seamen.


1840 – Wrote novel "Two Years before the Mast".


1848 – He became a prominent abolitionist, helping to found the anti-slavery Free Soil Party.


1859 – Visited Cuba while its annexation was being debated in the U.S. Senate.


1882 – He died on 6th of January of influenza in Rome, and is buried in that city’s Protestant Cemetery.