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.